he built two huts out of pepper trees, one of which he used for cooking and the other for sleeping, and he employed his musket to hunt goats and his knife to clean their carcasses.
As his gunpowder dwindled, he had to chase prey on foot.
Hordes of raucous sea lions, gathered on the beach for the mating season, eventually drove him to the island's interior.
Once inland, his way of life took a turn for the better.
When he was eventually rescued by follow-on English privateer Woodes Rogers, Selkirk had become adept at hunting and making use of the resources that he found on the island.
His story of survival was widely publicised after their return to England, becoming a source of inspiration for writer Daniel Defoe's fictional character Robinson Crusoe.
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