Painting of English privateer Woodes Rogers.

Woodes Rogers

(c. 1679 - 1732)

Having been blown south in a storm while rounding Cape Horn, Woodes Rogers’ ship the Duke sailed to refresh provisions at Juan Fernández Island, where the privateer made the acquaintance of a marooned Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk. His description of the encounter served as the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robin Crusoe, published in 1719. 

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