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Pepys Island

Pepys Island was the name given to an island in the South Atlantic discovered by the bucanneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684. Cowley named the island on honour of Samuel Pepys, who at the time was a Secretary of the Admiralty.

However, Pepys Island was never found in the latitude given Cowley by subsequent voyagers including Byron, who in 1765 took possession of the Falklands in the name of the British crown.

Byron was of the view that the Falklands were Cowley's Pepys Island as they lay three degrees further south of the latitude recorded by Cowley.

Created: 20 March 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000384

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