Modern-Day Robinson Crusoe

Modern-Day Robinson Crusoe

Video. Castaway survives alone for 41 days.


2 - 12+


Biology, Ecology, English Language Arts

Wild Chronicles follows a wildlife documentary filmmaker who has become a modern-day Robinson Crusoe when he sets up camp on a remote island off the coast of Mexico. During his 40 days as a lone castaway, some unexpected treasures turn up.

Fast Fact

Fast Fact

  • Lance, the modern-day castaway, survived alone on the island for 41 days. Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked for 28 years, although he had brief interactions with many people.

Fast Fact

  • Defoe was inspired to write Robinson Crusoe after hearing the story of Alexander Selkirk. Selkirk was a sailor who was stranded alone on a remote island for four years.

Fast Fact

  • Lance survived on Clipperton Atoll, a posession of France located hundreds of miles west of Central America. The fictional Robinson Crusoe was stranded near the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Alexander Selkirk survived on the largest island in the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, off the coast of Chile. The island is now called Robinson Crusoe Island.

Fast Fact

  • Robinson Crusoe was wildly successful, inspiring many sequels, translations, and spinoffs. It was the most popular novel written in English until the 20th century, and has never gone out of print.
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Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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