Updated: Feb 3, 2019
In what appears to be an Americanized version of Swiss Family Robinson, which was originally written by Johann David Wyss and published in 1812, The American Family Robinson; or, The adventures of a family lost in the great desert of the West, was written by David W. Belisle in 1853. Containing many incidents of prairie life and the astonishing sights European Americans encountered on their journey westward. Incidentally, it appears to have nothing to do with the Robinson family, but seems to be a more generic name that could be applied to anyone.
To learn about the Robinson family, see the Dickinson page.