Description: Invited by Capt. Robert Fitz-Roy. Begins Beagle diary. After two false starts, the ship leaves Plymouth.
Significance: Finally he persuaded his father to let him attend the most influencial trip of his lifetime where he would emerge in different cultures and develop his theories, after being urged by his uncle, Wedgwood II. He had planned for a 1 year around South America, turned into a 5 year voyage to Austrailia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands as well. (See HMS Beagle,Roy)