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It was really interesting to see the locations visited or mentioned in Robinson Crusoe spread out on a map. Like other people have pointed out, the map has many errors (like placing the Amazon in the United States). Europe seems to have the largest cluster of locations, while North America seems to have the second most. The locations in the second group are all errors; the novel doesn't mention any North American locations. (America might pass as not being an error but, oddly enough, the map placed it in the middle of the United States when in the novel Robinson Crusoe does refer to South America.) It should be noted that I also didn't purge my list of erroneous locations, so that added to the confusion. For example, St. Augustine in the novel refers to a monastery and not the city. One thing I found really interesting (which was also one of the causes of the errors) was the length of time between when the novel was published and now, the time in which we are reading and analyzing it. In this assignment, we're taking locations from 1719 and matching them to places in 2015. That's 296 years of change. Though the land/geography itself hasn't changed over the years, the human cities certainly must have. For example, though they occupy the same location, 1719 Madrid is not 2015 Madrid. This large gap in time is partially what allows for some of the errors: North America in Robinson Crusoe was pretty much unlabeled, while now many more places in North America have names. These new names include copycats which enable errors saying that Yorkshire is in the United States.