Real Robinson Crusoe comes to Javea


MEMBERS of Javea U3A discovered the truth behind the fictional adventures of Robinson Crusoe as they packed out the Casa de Cultura in Javea Old Town for the latest History Group presentation.

Mike Rendell, an authority on 18th century history, gave his fourth presentation – Castaways: The Real Stories behind Robinson Crusoe and the Mutiny on the Bounty.

Mike’s presentation began with the adventures of Scottish privateer Alexander Selkirk, who spent four years from 1704 to 1709 cast away on the uninhabited island of Juan Fernandez in the South Pacific, off Peru. Selkirk’s remarkable story of survival was the source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe’s famous adventures of Robinson Crusoe.

Mike continued with tales of two other 18th century castaways – Captain William Bligh and Captain Charles Barnard.

Stories of these real-life castaways have spawned numerous books and films including Mutiny on the Bounty, Swiss Family Robinson and the movie Cast Away, starring Tom Hanks.
Mike was given an enthusiastic round of applause and thanks by History Group leader Peter Atkinson.

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