Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe did exist. He was a Scottish sailor named Alexander Selkirk who lived in the 17th century who, because of his rebellious behavior, was abandoned in an island of the archipelago now known as Juan Fernandez, located 600 kilometers away from the central coasts of Chile. After being rescued by pirates, Selkirk was interviewed by the journalist and writer Daniel Defoe who, in 1719 published his first novel whose long title starts "The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un‐inhabited Island on the Coast of America…". At present, there are 630 persons of different European origins living in the island, where more than 130 endemic animal and vegetal surviving species are being studied by biologists from all over the world; among them, the red hummingbird, the sea wolf, the Juan Fernandez lobster and some extraordinary arborescent ferns. Due to its difficult access, these surrealist islands of blond haired fishermen, which are every now and then visited by treasures seekers, are not a common touristic destination.


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