Released as a film in 1954, based on Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel, the setting is 1659.
Certainly in the eighteenth century and even in the middle of the twentieth, the appeal of adventure was very real to young boys especially.
On his way from Brazil to Africa to purchase slaves, Robinson Crusoe (played by Daniel O’Herlihy) is the only human survivor from the storm that leads to a shipwreck.
Along with Rex and Sam, a dog and cat, he ends up on a remote island somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.
He adapts and builds a home for himself and his companions.