October 2014

Charles Darwin

179 Years since Charles Darwin arrived in the Galapagos Islands

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Charles Darwin arrived in the Galapagos Islands in September 15, 1835: After departing the port of Callao, Peru, the HMS Beagle set sail on its course and headed northwest. The strong winds carried the vessel towards tropical latitudes and about 6 weeks later, the Galapagos Islands were reached. Powerful ocean currents brought Charles Darwin to San Cristóbal Island. For several days the cartographic survey of the Stephen’s Bay coastline was explored, and Captain Robert Fitzroy gave Charles Darwin authorization to go ashore. The dramatic volcanic landscape probably struck him upon arrival, but the inland exploring was about to surprise the young Naturalist. In the book Voyage of the Beagle, he writes extensively about this first contact with the Galapagos Islands. Here’s a small excerpt of that initial description, naturally inspired by its forceful geology:

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