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Defining the World

Continents and Islands

What island did Robinson Crusoe shipwreck on

Daniel Defoe based his novel Robinson Crusoe on the story of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was an English sailor who had an argument with the captain of his ship and asked to go ashore on the island of Mas a Tierra (also known as Robinson Crusoe Island), about 400 miles (644 kilometers) west of Chile. Selkirk was stranded on the island from 1704 to 1709, when he was rescued by another English ship.



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