The archipelago was named after the 16th-century Spanish explorer who stumbled across the islands while trying to find a new trade route between Peru and Valparaiso in 1574, but it's more famous for an irascible Scotsman called Alexander Selkirk
, who, in 1704, marooned himself here, and went on to become the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's famous novel Robinson Crusoe.
President Michelle Bachelet said a huge wave hit the Juan Fernandez islands, an archipelago where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk
was marooned in the 18th century, inspiring the novel Robinson Crusoe.
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.
Treasure hunter Alexander Selkirk
spent four years marooned on an island off Chile, and his amazing survival against the odds led Daniel Defoe to write the classic novel.
While on that journey, Rogers, who was a friend of the author Daniel Defoe, even stopped off at a remote Pacific island and found castaway Alexander Selkirk
, who inspired the character and book Robinson Crusoe.
was the real-life inspiration for which fictional character?
In the early 18th century, one could have sat on the wooden benches outside, getting merrily pissed while watching Alexander Selkirk
leave from Kinsale Harbour for brighter shores.
One interesting tale involves pirates' rescue of Alexander Selkirk
(DeFoe's inspiration for Robinson Crusoe) and his joining with their crew.
THINGS have changed significantly since my last despatch, making me feel not unlike Alexander Selkirk
in his solitude.
When it comes to Defoe and Schnabel, authors of a new, commercially oriented age, one cannot help noticing the absence of any mention of its notable travelogues, such as William Dampier's New Voyage round the World (1697): Alexander Selkirk
, on whom Crusoe was partly modelled, had after all been involved in one of Dampier's privateering forays, and blends of log and yarn--of fact and fiction--were widely popular, as the libraries of country houses show.
Scottish mariner Alexander Selkirk
is marooned on a South Pacific island--and becomes the model for Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.
Fife's Lower Largo was home to Alexander Selkirk
, the castaway sailor whose adventures inspired the famous novel by Daniel Defoe.
But Juan Fernandez, the island where Alexander Selkirk
-the real-life Robinson Crusoe -had survived for four years had fresh food and gave Anson's men time to recover.
One hundred and thirty years after Juan Fernandez first sailed past it, the island of Mas a Tierra received its most distinguished visitor, a twenty-one-year-old Scottish shoemaker's son and seeker of ill-gained fortune, one Alexander Selkirk
of County Fife, who set into motion a story that was to reverberate in scores of languages for three hundred years and counting--the legend of Robinson Crusoe.
It is noted at one point that the bleak Chilean-owned island from which Alexander Selkirk
, one real-life prototype for Crusoe, was picked up, has been officially renamed Isla Robinson Crusoe in the hope of attracting tourists.