Day: February 2, 2024

#OTD in 1709: Alexander Selkirk is rescued

Who’s Alexander Selkirk, you ask? Well, he’s Robinson Crusoe in real life. Sort of. Born in Scotland in 1676, Selkirk had joined a buccaneering expedition to the South Pacific during the War of the Spanish Succession, in 1703, and he found himself embarked on a ship called Cinque Ports, captained by Thomas Stradling. When the […]