The Swiss Family Robinson

by Johann David Wyss, Johann Rudolf Wyss

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What are the names of the places in "The Swiss Family Robinson" island?

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"The Swiss Family Robinson" describes the shipwreck and survival of a Swedish family on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Knowing that rescue is not expected, they begin to explore the island, salvaging what they can from their ruined ship, and building a suitable refuge.

Early in their explorations (Chapter 4), William, the father and narrator, suggests that they begin naming the places they have seen, otherwise it will be difficult to refer to them in the future. They begin by naming the location of their landing "Safety Bay", and proceeding from there;

Other names were quickly chosen. Our first place of abode we called Tentholm; the islet in the bay, Shark's Island; and the reedy swamp, Flamingo Marsh. It was some time before the serious question of a name for our leafy castle could be decided. But finally it was entitled Falconhurst; and we then rapidly named the few remaining points: Prospect Hill, the eminence we first ascended; Cape Disappointment, from whose rocky heights we had strained our eyes in vain search for our ship's company; and Jackal River, as a name for the large stream at our landing place, concluded our geographical nomenclature.

The names are, as one might expect, largely descriptive and linear in those descriptions. In the following Chapter, William spontaneously names the island New Switzerland.

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What is the name of the island in the novel The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss?  

The novel The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss was originally published in 1813, but has appeared in many revised editions since its original publication. Its title derives from Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe and in the original German has the meaning "Swiss Robinson [Crusoe]" rather than treating Robinson as a family name. As much as a story, it is meant as an education in what we now would term survivalism. 

The family endures a shipwreck on an uncharted and nameless island in the south Pacific Ocean, remote from normal trading routes and ship stopovers. The family, consisting of a mother, father, and their four male children, use materials salvaged from the ship and materials discovered on the island to create a viable, self-sustaining homestead, raising animals and plants for food, weaving clothing, and building shelters. They are pious and industrious, and even when the island is finally rediscovered by a ship blown off course, decide to make their small community the nucleus of a colony rather than returning to the civilized world. 

In memory of their homeland, they name the island New Switzerland.

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