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Selcraig, Alexander (Selkirk, Alexander)

Born: 1676 AD
Died: 1721 AD, at 45 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Sailor

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1676 - Born in Largo, Fife, Scotland. Scottish sailor who was the prototype of the marooned traveler in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.

1695 - Selkirk ran away to sea and he joined a band of buccaneers in the Pacific.

1703 - Was sailing master of a galley on a privateering expedition.

1704 - After a quarrel with his captain, he was put ashore at his own request on Mas-a-tierra island, an uninhabited island off of South America.

1708-1710 - He survived alone for over four years before being rescued by another English ship, with whom he sailed for two years before returning home.

1719 - He was the prototype of the marooned traveler in Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe.

1721 - Died on December 12th at the sea.

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