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Debunking The Myth Of The 'Real' Robinson Crusoe

image credit Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published on 25 April 1719. The story has been perceived to be based on the life of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish castaway who lived for four years on a Pacific island called 'Más a Tierra,' now part of Chile.Today, not everyone is convinced th story was based on Selkirk. Many believe that Crusoe's story is a complex compound of all the other buccaneer survival stories.
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Daniel Defoe published his book Robinson Crusoe in 1719, at a time when stories of shipwrecks, pirates, and castaways were hot, and there were plenty of narratives available. His book survived better than other accounts because it w...


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