Illustration from "Robinson Crusoe," by Daniel Defoe (1920). Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, was likely inspired by accounts of real-life castaway Alexander Selkirk, a crew member on DAMPIER'S voyages. For further reading on Alexander Selkirks story click here >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Selkirk
Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean. By the time he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicized when he returned home, and likely became a source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe's fictional Robinson Crusoe.
Engraving of Robinson Crusoe standing on the shore of an island, dressed in hair-covered goatskin clothing, which would have been too hot for a Caribbean island but just right for a Chilean island like Mas a Tierra.
Mystery of Alexander Selkirk, the real Robinson Crusoe, solved
Llandoger Trow pub in Bristol, England. Named after a type of Welsh sailing barge and built in 1664 is the pub where Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk on whom he based Robinson Crusoe and it was thought to be the model for the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island