Robinson Kreutznaer was a son of a German merchant. When the merchant's family settled in York, England, they have changed their name to Crusoe. Despite Robinsons father wanted his son to study law, young Crusoe dreamt of travelling to distant seas. The father said to his son that God would not bless him if he went to the sea. However, in 1651, against his father's wishes, Crusoe left his home and went on his first sea voyage with a friend. Their voyage has come to the end in a shipwreck off the coast of England, but Crusoe wasn't disappointed too much, and soon he has made several trips on a merchant ship. One of them was captured the Barbary pirates near the coast of Africa. Crusoe had to spend two years in captivity until he had escaped to Brazil. There Robinson has been settling for the next four years becoming the owner of the plantation. Crusoe's life would have been peaceful except his decision become a rich very quickly. Fortunately in a short term Robinson decided to take part in the illegal trading voyage to Africa for black slaves.