Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island in 1725

Dutch Castaway on Ascension Island in 1725

by Alex Ritsema
     
 

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On 5 May 1725 a Dutch mariner was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought… See more details below

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On 5 May 1725 a Dutch mariner was set ashore on the desert island of Ascension in the South Atlantic Ocean, as a punishment for sodomy. He tried to survive on turtles and birds but found very little water on the barren island. He wrote a diary. He probably died after about half a year. In January 1726 British mariners found his tent, diary and other things and brought the diary to England. In later years various English versions of the diary of the Dutch castaway was published. Other versions followed. Who was the castaway? The truth was disclosed by the Dutch historian Michiel Koolbergen (1953), in a posthumously published book in Dutch. With the support of Michiel Koolbergen's family and publisher, this book discloses the truth in English. This book is illustrated with line drawings, both historic ones and by the Dutch artist Anneke de Vries.

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ISBN-13:
9781411698321
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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