Robinson Crusoe Island

 

Robinson Crusoe Island

Town of San Juan Bautista, on the north coast at Cumberland Bay. Robinson Crusoe Island

Where is Robinson Crusoe Island?

It is in the Pacific Ocean about 640 kilometers west of Chile.

How big is it?

Robinson Crusoe is the largest of a group of three islands which are together called Juan Fernandez after the Spanish explorer who discovered them in the 16th century. The total land area of the islands is about 100 sq.km.

Are the islands inhabited?

Yes, there are about a thousand Spanish-speaking people living on the three islands.  Most of them fish for a living.

Whom do the islands belong to?

Robinson Crusoe and the two other islands, Santa Clara and Alejandro Selkirk belong to Chile.

Why are the islands famous?

The main island of the group is named after Daniel Defoe’s famous character, Robinson Crusoe. However, the tale of Robinson Crusoe is based on the real-life adventures of a seaman named Alexander Selkirk who was abandoned on the island by his captain and spent more than four years from 1704 -1709

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