Defoe got the idea of his story from the adventures of a Scots sailor named Alexander Selkirk
Voyage Round the World,' and also, as every one knows, by the experience of Alexander Selkirk
, a sailor who, set ashore on the island of Juan Fernandez, off the coast of Chile, had lived there alone from 1709 to 1713.
I feel inclined to say, with Alexander Selkirk
, 'Their tameness is shocking to me'
1709: The real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk
, on whom Daniel Defoe based his famous novel, was rescued after spending five years on the uninhabited islands of Juan Fernandez.
For which fictional hero did Alexander Selkirk
provide the model?
It reveals little known facts about big names such as Shakespeare and Queen Victoria, but also features interviews from those who would be lesser known amongst teens today, such as the founder of modern entomology: Maria Sibylla Merian; and the real life inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe: Alexander Selkirk
- the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe - was rescued after being shipwrecked on a desert island.
It's Feb 1 because that's the day Alexander Selkirk
— who may have been a key inspiration for Robinson Crusoe -- was apparentlyrescued from the island of Juan Fernandez.
, upon whom Daniel Defoe's famous book Robinson Crusoe was based was born there in 1667.
Of which famous fictional character was Alexander Selkirk
the real-life prototype?
1709: Alexander Selkirk
was rescued after being stranded on a desert island for five years.
The story was believed to be based on Alexander Selkirk
, a sailor from Lower Largo, in Fife, who was rescued in 1709 after four years on an uninhabited island off the Chilean coast.