Category Archives: Geography

Robinson gets shipwrecked!

It was on this day in 1659 that Robinson Kreutznaer found himself shipwrecked on an island in the Orinoco delta, thanks to Daniel Defoe’s flair for writing. Defoe drew on several sources such as Alexander Selkirk’s story of being marooned … Continue reading

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“Sir, I have discovered the highest mountain in the world!”

“Sir, I have discovered the highest mountain in the world!” Radhanath Sikdar, 1852. (Sikdar) In light of my earlier post on the first men to climb Mount Everest, it would be wrong to not gloat in the slightest about the … Continue reading

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