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Robinson Crusoe Island (Isla Robinsón Crusoe)
Valparaíso and surrounding
Caves,  Unusual places,  Beaches
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The humans conquered the Space and depths of the seas a long time ago, they are about to create artificial intelligence and concoct the elixir of immortality, but they still admire lives and breathtaking adventures of fictional and real heroes of the past. One of such immortal heroes will always be Robinson Crusoe, the main character of the cognominal novel by Daniel Defoe. Everyone is familiar with the fictional characte,r but not many people know the name of a brave Scottish seafarer and former pirate Alexander Selkirk, who inspired the writer to create this insightful story.

In 1704, Alexander Selkirk had been left on the uninhabited island Isla Más a Tierra for his bold behavior and sharp tongue by order of William Dampier, the ship captain. Alexander Selkirk had spent four longest years of his life on the island until an English ship headed by captain Woodes Rogers rescued him. In 1719, the English writer told his story, and in 1966 the most famous Chilean island was renamed to the island of Robinson Crusoe. That little piece of land of 22 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide amidst the Pacific ocean is a part of the National park of archipelago Juan Fernández and considered to be one of the main landmarks of the city Valparaíso.

In the middle of the 20th century, an international expedition from Chile, England, and Japan was exploring the islands of archipelago Juan Fernández, including Robinson Crusoe Island. They were looking for the ruins of Alexander Selkirk’s house for many years. At last, their searching was crowned with success; first, they found the corsair’s handmade navigating device, then the platform on the rock from which he looked out for his long-awaited rescue, and then his housing in the cave.

Nowadays, Robinson Crusoe Island with its famous cave is one of the most visited places on the Chilean territory, and an American millionaire Bernard Keiser has been confidently searching for the treasures of the Spanish Crown there for more than 20 years.

Address: Isla Robinson Crusoe, Juan Fernández

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