|Robinson Crusoe illustration by N.C. Wyeth|
|Woodes Rogers Expedition from Bristol to Juan Fernandez Island from National Archives, U.K.|
|Juan Fernandez Island|
Anchoring a mile offshore, no other ship was in sight and the island appeared deserted after all. As a landing boat rowed ashore, a wild-looking man clothed in goatskin, waving a white flag and yelling in excited English, came running to the shoreline. This solitary man, Alexander Selkirk, had been living alone for the previous four and half years with only the company of wild goats, rats and feral cats, the legacy left by early Spanish colonization attempts. And here was the great irony: the reason Selkirk was there at all, was because of a man sailing aboard one of the British ships at anchor. That man, William Dampier, had led a round-the-world privateering expedition back in 1704, but due to his mishandling of his ships' needs, he faced many lawsuits when he returned to England. His ships and crew were so mismanaged, a group of seamen on one of his consort ships, mutinied and sailed to the island of Juan Fernandez on their own. After they'd landed and helped themselves to the fresh water and naturally available food sources on the island, they discovered their ship's hull was riddled with holes from shipworms. Mate Selkirk, decided to take his chances for rescue and remain alone on the island rather than risk death at sea from a ship likely to sink during its voyage.
|Robinson Crusoe illustration by Walter Stanley Paget|
|Daniel Defoe's, Robinson Crusoe|
In 1966, the Chilean government renamed Juan Fernandez Island, Robinson Crusoe Island.
As my dear father was fond of saying, "True story!"
And, now you know!
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