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On 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.”
adventure
Noun

exciting or unusual experience.

associate
Verb

to connect.

author
Noun

person who writes.

canoe
noun, verb

small, open boat with pointed ends.

characteristic
Noun

physical, cultural, or psychological feature of an organism, place, or object.

clever
Adjective

very smart.

evil
Adjective

harmful or cruel.

imp
Noun

in mythology, evil or mischievous spirit.

Noun

body of land surrounded by water.

isolate
Verb

to set one thing or organism apart from others.

lighthouse
Noun

structure displaying large, bright lights to warn and help ships navigate coastal waters.

novel
Noun

fictional narrative or story.

outwit
Verb

to get the better of someone by using intelligence and quick thinking.

perch
Verb

to sit or rest on a tree branch or other elevated position.

pirate
Noun

thief who steals from ships or ships' crews while at sea.

Noun

any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.

slavery
Noun

process and condition of owning another human being or being owned by another human being.

treasure
Noun

wealth, riches, and other valuable materials.

tropical
Adjective

existing in the tropics, the latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer in the north and the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.

villain
Noun

antagonist or evil character in a story.

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