The Island of Juan Fernandez was visited by Captain Woodes Rogers in 1709 during his voyage around the world in the two ships Duke and Duchess.


A Cruising Voyage Round the World

With William Dampier as pilot the ships found Juan Fernandez and a yawl was sent to search for food and water. They found Alexander Selkirk who had been marooned on the island for 4 years and 4 months.

His story was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

Map of Juan Fernandez drawn by Edward Cooke who visited with Woodes Rogers.