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I’d expected that some of the locations Crusoe references in the novel wouldn’t show up on the Google map I created for this activity, but I was still surprised at the sheer amount of entries which couldn’t be shown on the map—almost a quarter of the whole locations list was excluded, and while I can see how entries like “New,” “Bible,” and “providence” can’t be traced to physical locations, I can’t tell what kept Dunkirk and England from being added onto the map. The name and spelling variations which prevented certain locations from appearing on the map were also interesting (I especially liked the paired “Havannah” and “Havanna”), and entries like “New Spain” and “St. Salvador” provided a clear contrast between the increasingly colonial world and not-yet-standardized English of Robinson Crusoe and the present day. While this exercise couldn’t produce a comprehensive map of every location referenced in the novel, the map and list of “unmappable” items which exist are a weird and interesting window into the novel in their own right.