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8 incredible real-life castaway stories

By: Bryan Nelson on March 20, 2014, 4:47 p.m.
An illustration of Marguerite de La Rocque

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Marguerite de La Rocque

Abandoned by her uncle on the forbidding Island of Demons in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, off the coast of Quebec, Marguerite de La Rocque survived by hunting wild animals and living in caves until she was rescued by Basque fishermen some years later. She was originally abandoned because her uncle, who was likely motivated by his strong Calvinist morals, disapproved of her taking on a young lover while unmarried. (Harsh punishment!)