you're looking for something to do then open up a book because it's
Robinson Crusoe Day! Or you could always get deserted on an
island... if you like. Let's get right into celebrating
WHY IS THIS A
Yes there is actually a reason for this holiday and it's
Alexander Selkirk was rescued from a deserted island in this day on
1709. Wait... what? Why does that matter? Well, the Robinson Crusoe
story was actually based a bit on Selkirk's life. Let's take a look at
the similarities. Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish sailor who
left on the uninhabited, Juan Fernandez Island in 1704 after a dispute
over the ship he was on. He didn't think the ship would make it much
longer and he was right, because it sunk a month later. What did he get
for his prediction? Stranded on an island for four years! He
found plenty of food, made huts for himself and even had to hide from
enemy ships that stopped on the island. He was stuck on the island
until this day in 1709 when a ship called Duke happened upon the island.
about the Robinson Crusoe story? Well, Crusoe's ship was destroyed in a
storm and he was stranded on an island near the Orinoco river in 1659.
Everyone on the ship died except him, a dog and two cats. He
found a lot of food, had to hide from native cannibals that visited the
island and even helps freed prisoners and named one "Friday". Crusoe
manages to get off the island 27 years later when he strikes a deal
with a captain of an English ship and helps him regain control of it
from the mutineers. So, it's not exactly the same story; they
added to it a lot... but the inspiration was definitely there! They
actually changed the name of Juan Fernandez Island to Robinson Crusoe
Island in 1966.
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you can head to your
local library or book store and pick up a copy of one of the Robinson
Crusoe stories. Spend a good part of today getting familiar with the
story and maybe even read it to your kids if you have
Let your mind wander and really picture what you'd do if you were stuck
on an island.
Or you could read about Selkirk's life to
see why and how the real story sparked an idea in Daniel Defoe's mind.
The true story may not be as flashy, but it's still an interesting
story. And if you really don't want to sit down with a book
you can watch one of the film adaptations of the Robinson Crusoe story.
There are a number of different versions for you to choose from and
there are even a couple TV shows too. It's sometimes easier
absorb and picture the story whenever you don't have to create all the
scenes and settings in your mind. I hope you enjoy escaping
realism and jumping into Robinson Crusoe's world today!