In 1704, Alexander Selkirk was left on a small island hundreds of miles off the coast of South America when he argued with his captain about the seaworthiness of the ship. He was right about the ship, but Selkirk spent four years and four months on the island, eating goats and plums and making friends with feral cats. Read the story of the man who inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe at Damn Interesting. Link
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