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Man winds up on abandoned island, survives for years

About Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe had always wanted to go to sea, ever since he was a boy. Though his mother and father hated the idea, they couldn't dissuade him. Robinson went on his first voyage against his parents' will, and had a rough experience. Though he regretted it initially, he went on another voyage and did well for himself. Making decent profit as a merchant, he decided to go again to make more profit, but was captured by pirates and made a slave. Months later, he escaped with a boy named Xury, and had many adventures with storms and wild beasts. He made it to Brazil, and became a successful farmer. Eventually, he decided to go back to England to see his family, but a storm destroyed his boat and killed his entire crew, leaving him abandoned on an island, where his adventure really began.

First Necessities

Alone on an island, Robinson Crusoe needed to find some way to survive. His first needs were food and fresh water, as well as a place to live. The wreckage of the ship he was on was still accessible, and there he found some provisions such as food and beverages, as well as other supplies he could use. He made many trips back to the ship and salvaged as much as possible before a hurricane nearly destroyed the shack he made, and carried off the rest of the wrecked ship.

Trapped(?) on an Island

After salvaging as much as possible from the wreckage of his ship, a hurricane carried away the rest of the boat. After being initially upset about the loss of the ship, Crusoe went to work at making the island a home. Over the next few years, Crusoe made a home, complete with a basement and furniture. Crusoe farmed grains, grapes, and other foods. He bred goats and chickens for meat and dairy. Crusoe had a source of clean, fresh water the entire time he was on the island. Crusoe reported feeling like the 'lord' of the island. Though he was initially stranded on an island, he made the island his own.

Contact with the Natives

One day, somewhere in the 10th year of his stay on the island, Crusoe found the footprint of a man on his island. Though he missed contact with other people, the footprint terrified him. Crusoe thought the footprint may have even come from the devil himself. Over the next few weeks, Crusoe kept his animals locked up and watched over the beach, gun in hand, as often as he could. Eventually he discovered that there were cannibals on a nearby island that ventured to his beach. After a few skirmishes with the cannibals, he scared them away and captured one, whom he made his servant, and named him Friday. Crusoe taught Friday a little bit of English, and as much as he could about religion. Not only did Friday prove a faithful servant, but he became a loyal friend of Crusoe.

Getting off the Island

The last few years of Crusoe's stay on the island were very eventful. After his adventures with the cannibals and making a friend out of one, Crusoe only had more problems. For instance, a few months after befriending Friday, a small crew of Englishmen had crashed on Crusoe's beach and were taken captive by cannibals. Crusoe and Friday killed the cannibals, saved the Englishmen, and added a few more hands to his island. Later in his adventures, a ship which had undergone a mutiny was on his beach, and Crusoe and his men helped save the captain, which the captain offered to take him back to Brazil for. Crusoe went back to Brazil, recovered his plantation, which had grown to raise a fortune for him, and sold everything which made him a rich man. After making his fortune, he decided to go back to Europe to see his two sisters (his parents had long since died). After a long sea voyage, and a near-death experience with about 300 wolves in France, Crusoe finally arrived back in England. Crusoe got married, but never really felt attached to his wife, and thought many times about returning to Brazil, but decided against it many times before it actually happened. On his trip, he stopped at the island he had lived at for so many years, to find that it was thriving, and the people there were doing well. He gave the people items such as cloth they could use, and even women, so the island could become a colony.