Where Was Pepys Island? A Problem in Historical Geography

By Admiral B M Chambers CB, published November 1933


In 1684, Captain Cowley, a buccaneer, spotted what he thought was an island off the coast of Patagonia. This ‘island’ was named after Samuel Pepys, Secretary to the Admiralty. Dr. Halley, the Astronomer Royal, later tried to find it as did Commodore Byron and Sir Richard Hawkins in the Eighteenth Century. Hawkins concluded that the island was probably part of the Falkland Islands but the author suggests that the supposed island is actually a portion of the South American Coast between Cape Tres Puntas and Santa Cruz.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

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