On 2 February 1709, a light was seen on the Juan Fernández Islands , and captain Dover led a landing party to investigate its source.They discovered a fire lit by Alexander Selkirk , a Scottish sailor left on the island in 1705 because he considered the ship he was aboard, the Cinque Ports , as not being seaworthy . Vintage engraving 1709 Life Aboard a British Privateer in the Time of Queen Anne by Robert C. Leslie.  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44471/44471-h/44471-h.htm

On 2 February 1709, a light was seen on the Juan Fernández Islands , and captain Dover led a landing party to investigate its source.They discovered a fire lit by Alexander Selkirk , a Scottish sailor left on the island in 1705 because he considered the ship he was aboard, the Cinque Ports , as not being seaworthy . Vintage engraving 1709 Life Aboard a British Privateer in the Time of Queen Anne by Robert C. Leslie. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/44471/44471-h/44471-h.htm

Many people would be familiar with the novel “Robinson Crusoe”, a story written by the 17th/18th century English writer, Daniel Defoe. In the novel, the eponymous character is said to have

Many people would be familiar with the novel “Robinson Crusoe”, a story written by the 17th/18th century English writer, Daniel Defoe. In the novel, the eponymous character is said to have

Robinson Crusoe - based upon the real life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk - https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/02/03/famous-fictional-story-could-have-been-inspired-by-a-sailors-real-experiences-in-the-1700s/

Robinson Crusoe - based upon the real life experiences of Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk - https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/02/03/famous-fictional-story-could-have-been-inspired-by-a-sailors-real-experiences-in-the-1700s/

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.

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.

2 février 1709. Alexander Selkirk, le vrai Robinson Crusoé, est recueilli après 52 mois de solitude.

2 février 1709. Alexander Selkirk, le vrai Robinson Crusoé, est recueilli après 52 mois de solitude.

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