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Juan Fer•nán•dezˈwɑn fərˈnæn dɪz, ˈʰwɑn(n.)

  1. a group of three islands in the S Pacific, 400 mi. (645 km) W of and belonging to Chile: Alexander Selkirk, the alleged prototype of Robinson Crusoe, marooned here 1704.

    Category: Geography (places)

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  1. Juan Fernández

    Juan Fernández was a Spanish explorer and navigator in the Pacific regions of the Viceroyalty of Peru and Captaincy General of Chile west of colonial South America.

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  1. Juan Fernandez

    a mountainous island 3000 ft. high, off the Chilian coast, 420 m. W. of Valparaiso; was the lonely residence of Alexander Selkirk (1704-1709) (q. v.); was used as a penal settlement from 1819 to 1835, and is inhabited by a few seal and sea-lion hunters.

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