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Young Robinson Crusoe told his parents that he wished more than anything else to go to sea His father bitterly opposed the idea and warned his son that if I did take this foolish step God would not bless me - and I would have leisure hereafter to reflect upon having neglected his counsel when there might be none to assist in my recovery These words proved prophetic The youthful Crusoe set out on his first voyage with little knowledge about the perils of a sailors life In telling later about the tremendous storm in which his ship was caught he remarked It was my advantage in one respect that I did not know what they meant by founder till I inquired So ill and afraid was he during this first harrowing crisis that he vowed never again to leave solid ground if he was blessed enough to escape drowning But once safe on shore he found his old longing resurfacing and Robinson took sail aboard another ship Alas the ill-fated vessel was captured by Turkish pirates Crusoe managed to avoid capture and made off in a small craft Together he and a young companion navigated along the coast of Africa where they were pursued by both wild beasts and natives A Portuguese ship finally rescued them and they sailed for Brazil In the new land Crusoe established a prosperous sugar plantation But again a feeling of lonely dissatisfaction overcame him I lived just like a man cast away upon some desolate island that had nobody there but himself Then came an offer from some planters for Crusoe to act as a trader on a slave ship bound for Africa But this voyage also met disaster fierce hurricanes wrecked the ship drowning everyone aboard except Robinson who was finally tossed up on a desolate beachA subsequent storm washed the ships wreckage close to shore and Crusoe constructed a raft to haul most
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