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CHAPTER I – START IN LIFE
I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good
family, though not of that country, my father being a
foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a
good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived
afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother,
whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in
that country, and from whom I was called Robinson
Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England,
we are now called – nay we call ourselves and write our name
– Crusoe; and so my companions always called me.
I had two elder brothers, one of whom was lieutenant-colo-
nel to an English regiment of foot in Flanders, formerly com-
manded by the famous Colonel Lockhart, and was killed at
the battle near Dunkirk against the Spaniards. What became
of my second brother I never knew, any more than