Alexander Selkirk: #OnThisDay

On 2nd of February 1709 Alexander Selkirk was rescued from an uninhabited island where he had been stranded by the Captain of the ship he was serving on.

His story became the inspiration for the bestseller by Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe.

Alexander Selkirk did publish his own account but Robinson Crusoe has remained a ‘classic’ of English literature.

Alexander Selkirk Title Page

The actual story of Alexander Selkirk, born in 1676 in Lower Largo, Fife, is itself an interesting one – a time of high seas piracy (buccaneering) and survival.

February 1709:

‘We arrived at the island of Juan Fernandez on 31 January. We lay there to recoup ourselves until 13 February. At the island we found one Alexander Selkirk, a Scotchman who was left there by Captain Stradling, Captain Dampier’s consort the last voyage and survived four years and four months without conversing with any creature, having no company but wild goats The National Archives

And who remembers this?

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  1. I always wondered what the story would be, from Friday’s point of view?
    He must have found some of Robinson’s ways, very puzzling.

  2. As a child always one of my favourite stories, many years later rounding or just rounded the horn I asked the captain which island is that of our port side he replied that my son is the island that Robinson Crusoe was stranded on, I was overwhelmed jumping up and down the Captain said I take it you are a fan, don’t worry so am I, happy memories

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