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Robert Louis Stevenson died in Samoa - On this day in history

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Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson died on 3 December 1894 in Samoa, at the age of 44. From childhood, Robert suffered from a weak chest and was advised by doctors to move from Scotland to a warmer climate. He at first lived in Bournemouth, where he named his house 'Skerryvore' after Scotland's tallest lighthouse, then moved to France.

In 1890, he bought land in Samoa and became involved in local politics. He was buried at Mount Vaea in his adopted homeland, overlooking the sea.

Robert Louis Stevenson timeline

  • 13 November 1850 - Robert Louis Stevenson born in Edinburgh
  • November 1867 - Enrolled at Edinburgh University for an engineering degree
  • April 1871 - Advised his family he would be following a literary career
  • 1873 - Stevenson moved to France for health reasons
  • April 1880 - Married Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne
  • 1883 - Publication of Treasure Island
  • 1886 - Publication of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  • 1890 - Bought land in Upolu in Samola (where he would eventually be buried)
  • 3 December 1894 - Death of Robert Louis Stevenson

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