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[I was] induced to go to sea against the wishes of friends from reading Robinson Crusoe.
A poor dried up land afflicted by fever and flies and fit only for a college of monks whose religious zeal might cope with the suffocating heat and mosquitoes.
Of Cotton's Island
Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it into Australia; as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth.
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I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
March 16, 1774
July 19, 1814
Captain Matthew Flinders was an English navigator and cartographer, who was the leader of the first circumnavigation of Australia and identified it as a continent.
A Voyage to Terra Australis (1814)
A Biographical Tribute to the Memory of Trim
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