November 24, 2017 marks the 158th Anniversary of “On the Origin of Species” (This Part 1. You can find Part 2 by clicking here)
For the past couple of months, we have successfully covered Charles Darwin’s adventures and outings that he had while in the Galapagos Islands back in September and October of 1835. Read More
Note on our blog title: our ‘finch’ is a play on the words that were used in the poem that was written in honor of the Gunpowder Plot (seen below).
When it comes to the 5th of November (aka. Guy Fawkes Day), the images that tend to come to mind are those of: the face of Guy Fawkes, British Parliament, explosive materials and maybe even that slice of Hollywood that was V for Vendetta. However, seldom thought of is the idea of Guy Fawkes in Galapagos. Was he ever there? No. But did he manage to somehow have a group of islands named after him? Yes indeed! Read More
Whalers in Galapagos – Before oil (petroleum) was discovered, the World was a much darker place. Lights were dim, industries were just being born, machinery was very basic, and combustion of various contraptions relied on whale oil. Consequently, any economic endeavor that was worth investing in was, almost always, related to maritime activities. Read More
Among renowned stories of pirates and treasure, toothless dentists and lumbering giant reptiles, the Galapagos Islands were part of a highly confidential military mission during World War II. In 1941, a top-secret military base was built on Baltra in response to U.S. concerns about Japanese actions. Read more about “The Rock” – a US Army Base.