Alexander Selkirk was found in the desert island of Juan
Fernandez, where he had been left by Captain Stradling. He remained on
the island four years and four months, when he was rescued by Captain
Rogers, and brought to England. The embryo of De Foe's novel may be
seen in Captain Burney's interesting narrative.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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