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Review of ‘The Voyage of the Beagle’ By Charles Darwin

Painting of the Beagle off Patagonia

Painting of the Beagle off Patagonia

Originally titled, JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES INTO THE NATURAL HISTORY AND GEOLOGY of THE COUNTRIES VISITED DURING THE VOYAGE OF H. M. S. BEAGLE ROUND THE WORLD, UNDER THE Command of Capt. Fitz Roy [sic] R.N. By CHARLES DARWIN, M.A., F.R.S.

Who can doubt that Darwin’s 5 year trip aboard the Beagle was the most significant and consequential bit of Scientific Tourism in the history of science? ┬áNot because of any vitally important discoveries, though there were many, but because of its influence on the young Darwin himself. Reading his letters we see how the voyage clearly inspired him to dedicate himself to the study of natural history, rather than sink comfortably into holy orders, and the uncontroversial life of the Victorian country parson he had seemed destined to become.
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