Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Alexander Selkirk: Juan Fernández Islands
|Birthplace||Lower Largo, Fife, Scotland|
|Nationality||Scottish and British (after 1707)|
|Known for||Inspiring Robinson Crusoe|
Selkirk, Alexander(sĕl`kərk), 1676–1721, Scottish sailor whose adventures suggested to Daniel Defoe the story of Robinson Crusoe (1719). In 1704, as a sailing master, Selkirk quarreled with the captain of his ship in the Juan FernándezJuan Fernández
, group of small islands, S Pacific, c.400 mi (640 km) W of Valparaiso, Chile. They belong to Chile and are constitutionally a special territory; they are administered as a part of Valparaiso prov.
..... Click the link for more information. islands and asked to be put ashore. He remained on Más a Tierra Island for four years and four months before he was rescued (Feb., 1709) by an English privateer.
See J. Howell, The Life and Adventures of Alexander Selkirk (1829).
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
real-life prototype of Robinson Crusoe. [Br. Hist.: EB, IX: 45]
(1676–1721) marooned on Pacific island; thought to be prototype of Robinson Crusoe. [Scot. Hist.: EB, IX: 45]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.