Daniel Defoe (-1731).
Madagascar; or, Robert Drury’s Journal, During Fifteen Years Captivity on that Island... London: Printed and sold by W. Meadows, F. Marshall et al, 1729.
(RARE) PR 3405 .M3 1729
Robert Drury appears to have been an actual person whom Defoe used as a source to develop “a framework of fact within which Defoe invented freely.” Taking extensive “literary license” with actual events was a common device of the time. Defoe also employed it in his famous Robinson Crusoe (1719), using Alexander Selkirk, who had actually been marooned on an island, as his source.