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MOST SURPRISING ADVENTURES
OF YORK, MARINER
LIFE AND ADVENTURES
I was born at York, in the year 1632, of a reputable family. My father was a native of Bremen, who, by merchandizing at Hull for some time, gained a very plentiful fortune. He married my mother at York, who received her first breath in that country: and as her maiden name was Robinson, I was called Robinson Kreutznaer, which not being easily pronounced in the English tongue, we are commonly known by the name of Crusoe.
I was the youngest of three brothers. The eldest was å lieutenant-colonel in Lockhart's regiment, but slain by the Spaniards: what became of the other I could never learn.
No charge nor pains were wanting in my education. My father designed me for the law, yet nothing could serve me but I must go to sea, both against the will of my father, the