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Juan Fernández

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Juan Fernández, 3 small, sparsely populated Chilean islands in the Pacific Ocean. Lying 400 mi (640 km) west of Chile, they were discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Fernandez c.1563. One of the islands, Róbinson Crusoe, is believed to be the site of the self-imposed exile of Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. The other islands are Alejandro Selkirk and Santa Clara.

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