Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn November 13, 1850, author Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Stevenson became a very famous writer in his own lifetime, and today is one of the most well-known British authors in the world.Stevenson is famous for his travel and adventure stories. His first book, An Inland Voyage, was a record of his own canoe trip on the Oise River, from Belgium to France. Throughout his life, he wrote about his travels in Europe and the United States, and his many years on the island of Samoa in the South Pacific.The Caribbean Sea is the setting for Treasure Island, Stevenson’s most popular novel. The book introduced thousands of readers to the region’s isolated tropical islands, as well as the character of the pirate Long John Silver. Long John Silver had many characteristics we now associate with pirates—his generally likable nature despite his position as a villain, his pet parrot perched on his shoulder, his peg leg, and his search for buried treasure—using a secret map where “X marks the spot.”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry adventure Noun
exciting or unusual experience.
person who writes.
canoe noun, verb
small, open boat with pointed ends.
physical, cultural, or psychological feature of an organism, place, or object.
harmful or cruel.
in mythology, evil or mischievous spirit.
body of land surrounded by water.
Encyclopedic Entry: island isolate Verb
to set one thing or organism apart from others.
structure displaying large, bright lights to warn and help ships navigate coastal waters.
fictional narrative or story.
to get the better of someone by using intelligence and quick thinking.
to sit or rest on a tree branch or other elevated position.
thief who steals from ships or ships' crews while at sea.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region slavery Noun
process and condition of owning another human being or being owned by another human being.
wealth, riches, and other valuable materials.
existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.
antagonist or evil character in a story.