Alexander Selkirk

Sailor, Deceased Person

1676 – 1721

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Who was Alexander Selkirk?

Alexander Selkirk, also known as Alexander Selcraig, was a Scottish sailor who spent more than four years as a castaway after being marooned on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific Ocean.

An unruly youth, Selkirk joined buccaneering expeditions to the South Sea, including one commanded by William Dampier, which called in for provisions at the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile. Selkirk judged correctly that his craft, the Cinque Ports, was unseaworthy, and asked to be left there.

By the time he was rescued, he had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources he found on the island. His story of survival was widely publicised when he returned home, and became a likely source of inspiration for the writer Daniel Defoe's fictional character Robinson Crusoe.

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Born
1676
Lower Largo
Also known as
  • Robinson Crusoe
Ethnicity
  • Scottish people
Nationality
  • Scotland
Profession
Lived in
  • Juan Fernández Islands
    (1704 - 1709)
Died
Dec 13, 1721
Cape Coast

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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