1835: HMS Beagle reaches the Galapagos Islands
The HMS Beagle conducted hydrographic surveys of the southern coasts of South America. The surveys were to continue and correct works of previous surveys for use by both Naval and Commercial vessels.
The second voyage of the HMS Beagle lasted almost five years and circumnavigated the Earth. Charles Darwin, a recent Natural History graduate was on board. Darwin fitted well the expectations of a gentleman natural philosopher.
[1841 Watercolour of the HMS Beagle by Owen Stanley]
The HMS Beagle reached the Galapagos Islands in 1835 and set sail for Tahiti on 20 October.
After leaving the islands Darwin noticed that all species of mockingbirds caught on the Galapagos Island chain were either varieties or distinct species. This insight and his abilities as a collector and journalist resulted in completion of his “Journal and Remarks”, commonly known as ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’.