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The best clues as to the geographical location of the fictitious island at the center of Richard Edward Connell's short story The Most Dangerous Game are the references to a "moonless Caribbean night," to Rio De Jeneiro, to "the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea," to Rainsford and Whitney's destination in "the Amazon," and to the rocky passages near the island upon which many a vessel has run aground. The island, pejoratively referred to by sailors as "Ship-Trap Island," can logically be placed near French Guiana, a French colony sandwiched between Brazil and Suriname. We know, obviously, that the location is an equatorial region, as the island is characterized most prominently by its dense jungle. We also know that some of the coastline along this particular region is very rocky, and that sailors do in fact have to pay seriously close attention to the navigational challenges inherent in the waters close to the northeastern coastlines of South America. The reference to Rio De Jeneiro, though, is the most determinative clue provided by Connell, as this prominent Brazilian city's locale, unlike the fictional island the author invents, does exist, and is several days sailing from the the position of the boat from which Rainsford falls into the sea. The reader, then, can logically infer that the story takes place off the coast of French Guiana.
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