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Pepys Island was a phantom island, said to lie about 230 miles north of the Falkland Islands. It was first described by Ambrose Cowley in 1684, presumably mistaking the coordinates of one of the Falkland Islands, and named by him for Samuel Pepys. Other observers on the voyage, such as William Dampier, did not record the island. Phantom islands are islands that are believed to exist and appear on maps for a period of time (sometimes centuries), and they are removed after they are proven not to exist (or the general population stops believing that they exist). ... Events France under Louis XIV makes Truce of Ratisbon separately with the Empire and Spain. ... Samuel Pepys Samuel Pepys (23 February 1633 - 26 May 1703) was a leading 17th century English civil servant, latterly famous for his diary. ... William Dampier, English naval pioneer William Dampier (August,1651 - March,1715) was a controversial English explorer, sea captain, and scientific observer. ...

Many expeditions attempted to locate the island during the eighteenth century. Some, including John Byron, identified it with the Falkland Islands, but others such as Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, Lord Anson and even Captain Cook continued searching until the 1780s, when Cowley's original journal was rediscovered and his mistake noticed. (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ... John Byron (November 8, 1723 to April 10, 1786) was a British vice-admiral. ... Louis-Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811) Louis Antoine de Bougainville (November 11, 1729–August 31, 1811) was a French navigator and military commander. ... George Anson, 1st Baron Anson (April 23, 1697 – 1762) was a British admiral and a wealthy aristocrat, noted for his circumnavigation of the globe. ... British explorer James Cook is most noted for having discovered Australia and Hawaii. ... Events and Trends 1787 United States Constitution 1788 Great Britain established the prison colony of New South Wales in Australia. ...

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Pepys' Diary (7828 words)
Pepys' connection with literature is that rather of a virtuoso than of a student in the strict sense of the term.
Pepys appears to have been a very beautiful and an extremely difficult lady, disagreeable enough to tempt him into many indiscretions, and yet so virtuous as to fill his heart with remorse for all his failings, and still more with vexation for her discoveries of them.
Pepys, had he known of Bunyan, would probably have approved of him, for he enthusiastically admired people who were living for conscience' sake, like Dr. Johnson's friend, Dr. Campbell, of whom it was said he never entered a church, but always took off his hat when he passed one.
Pepys Island - South Seas Companion Place (96 words)
Pepys Island was the name given to an island in the South Atlantic discovered by the bucanneer Ambrose Cowley in 1684.
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.
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