islands: Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk and Santa Clara, plus
several little nearby and uninhabitable islands- a fascinatingly
attractive archipelago, the most important one in Insular Chile:
, a place whose geological origins
go back three million years.
Everything began when the Earth's innards started to belch fire, a force that drove the sea back, obliging it to give way to the new formation of rocks.
The first to appear on the ocean surface was Robinson Crusoe
Thousands of years after it, emerged the others.
The only witnesses to the event are craggy rocks marked by deep
grooves, mountain ranges, spiky peaks and cliffs with vertical grooves
showing the fury of their geological birth process.
Over the years, seaborne seeds and plants have found their way to the islands, growing and bearing fruit. Life grew, isolated from outer influence, with new and unique morphological features in both the animal and vegetable species.
During the 17th and 18th centuries the islands were havens for corsairs. History tell us (this time without any amnesia) that in 1704 the English flagships George and Cinque Ports foundered on Masatierra Island, today Robinson Crusoe Island.
One of the sailors of the Cinque Ports was marooned on the island with only a Bible, a musket, an axe, a pound of gunpowder, a stick of tobacco and a box of clothes, his name was Alejandro Selkirk, and he stayed on the island for 4 years and 4 months.