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The Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, are part of Austrialia. As a task during the Voyage of the Beagle, the Admirality required a detailed study of coral atolls and how coral reefs were formed. To study this, Captain Robert FitzRoy selected these islands for the survey. They arived here on April 1, 1835. Charles Darwin examined the atoll’‘s structure in view of the theory he had developed in Lima, of encircling reefs becoming atolls as an island sank. This idea was supported by the numerous soundings FitzRoy had taken showing a steep slope outside the reef.
In 1820, fabulous treasures were being gathered at the docks in Lima, Peru: hundreds of solid gold statues and candlesticks, a thousand diamonds, two hundred chests brimming with jewels — the fruits of centuries of Spanish colonialism. Lima was no longer secure, and Captain William Thompson was entrusted by the Spanish Viceroy with bringing the treasure away to safety in Mexico. It’s said that Thompson buried the treasure in the Cocos Islands. He and his crew were captured, and all but Thompson and his first mate were hanged for piracy. He promised to lead the Spanish back to their treasure, but having brought them to the Cocos Islands, he slipped away and disappeared. Nothing was heard of him, or the treasure, again. It has been sought ever since — by everyone from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Errol Flynn — with no success.