Alexander Selkirk and the Real-Life Island of Robinson Crusoe

For three centuries, people from around the world have been regaled by the tale of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, the 1719 tale of an Englishman who becomes a shipwrecked castaway for 27 years on an isolated island near the mouth of the Orinoco River.  While there is no ‘Island of Despair’ off the Venezuelan coast,…

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