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  • proper n. An island in Guanabara Bay, Brazil.


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  • In 1560, French Admiral Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon had founded a French settlement on a small island in the Bay of Rio de Janeiro, and it had failed.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Mary Queen of Scots, states, that at the end of July 1548, M. de Brézé, who arrived for that end, and Villegaignon, commander of the French squadron, received the young Queen and her suite, at Dumbarton.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • A little island in the bay was colonized and fortified by Villegaignon under the patronage of Admiral Coligny in

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • The French Admiral Villegaignon promised to keep a fleet on the seas, and to move from place to place among the western English harbours, wherever his presence would be most useful.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

  • Villegaignon landed, -- [At Brazil, in 1557.] -- which he called Antarctic

    The Essays of Montaigne — Complete

  • Villegaignon, commander of four French galleys lying in the Frith of Forth, set sail as if he intended to return home; but when he reached the open sea he turned northwards, passed by the Orkneys, and came in on the west coast at Dunbarton; an extraordinary voyage for ships of that fabric. [

    The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary


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