Darwin's Voyage

By bacand
  • Devonport, England

    50N, 4W
    Trip begins after 2 major storms and will be headed to Africa and South America
  • Cape Verde, Porto Praya

    14°N, 23°W, Arrived in the neighborhood of Porto Praya. The volcanic fires of a past age, and the scorching heat of the tropical sun,
  • Rio de Janeiro: Brazil

    23°S, 43°W, Traveling through Rio, saw mostly nothing but saw a great shoal of porpoises. Hundreds, in fact.
  • Tierra del Fuego, Argentina:

    55°S, 73°W, Having now finished with Patagonia and the Falkland Islands, I will describe our first arrival in Tierra del Fuego.There was a group of Fuegians partly concealed by the entangled forest, were perched on a wild point overhanging the sea; and as we passed by, they sprang up and waving their tattered cloaks sent forth a loud and sonorous shout.
  • Maldonado, Uruguay

    23°S, 43°W, The Beagle sailed from Maldonado, and on August the 3rd she arrived off the mouth of the Rio Nego. In between the Strait of Magellan and the Plata.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina

    34°S, 59ºW, The Beagle arrived here on the 24th of August, consent I was left behind, to travel by land to Buenos Ayres. I will here add some observations.
  • Port St. Julian, Argentina

    34°S, 59ºW, Everything in this southern continent has been effected on a grand scale: the land, from the RioPlata to Tierra del Fuego, a distance of 1200 miles, has been raised in mass (and in Patagonia to a height of between 300 and 400 feet).
  • Bay of S. Carlos, Chile

    42°S, 73°W, Today sailed to Low's Harbour, and three days afterwards anchored a second time in the bay of S. Carlos in Chiloe. On the night of the 19th the volcano of Osorno was in action. We saw this huge bright star.
  • Valdivia, Chile

    42°S, 73°W, This day has been memorable in the annals of Valdivia, for the most severe earthquake experienced by the oldest inhabitant. IT happened for nly 2 minutes but, felt like a lot more
  • Concepción, Chile

    37°S, 73°W, We entered the harbour of Concepcion.I landed on the island of Quiriquina. The Mayor came down to tell me the damage the earthquake has done, with almost a giant wave hitting.
  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    0°S, 90°W, This archipelago consists of ten principal islands, They are situated under the Equator, and between five and six hundred miles westward of the coast of America. They are all formed of volcanic rocks; a few fragments of granite curiously glazed and altered by the heat.
  • Tahiti Island, French Polynesia

    17°S, 149°W, At daylight, Tahiti, an island which must for ever remain classical to the voyager in the South Sea, was in view. At a distance the appearance was not attractive. We later were surrounded by canoes.
  • Sydney, Australia

    33°S, 151°E, Early in the morning a light air carried us towards the entrance of Port Jackson. Instead of beholding a verdant country, interspersed with fine houses, a straight line of yellowish cliff brought to our minds the coast of Patagonia.
  • Cocos Islands

    12° S, 96° E, We arrived in view of the Keeling or Cocos Islands, situated in the Indian Ocean, and about six hundred miles distant from the coast of Sumatra. This is one of the lagoon-islands (or atolls) of coral formation, similar to those in the Low Archipelago which we passed.
  • Port Louis, Mauritius

    20°S, 57°E, We sailed from Port Louis, and, calling at the Cape of Good Hope, on the 8th of July we arrived off St. Helena. This island, the forbidding aspect of which has been so often described, rises abruptly like a huge black castle from the ocean.
  • Ascension

    8ºS, 14°W, Those who have beheld a volcanic island, situated under an arid climate, will at once be able to picture to themselves the appearance of Ascencion.
  • Falmouth, England

    50°N, 5°W, On the 2nd of October we made the shore, of England; and at Falmouth I left the Beagle, having lived on board the good little vessel nearly five years….