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Darwin Correspondence Project

Voyage of the Beagle

From December 1831, Darwin travelled round the world on the Admiralty surveying vessel, HMS Beagle. This map features letters written as the voyage was planned, persuading his father to let him go, deciding what to take with him, and getting advice on how to send specimens home, as well as letters from the places he visited, describing his adventures collecting rocks, fossils, insects, plants, animals and fish. He theorised about the origins of coral reefs and the elevation of the Andes, and sent home impressions of the people and landscape of the Falkland Islands, Tierra del Fuego, Chiloé, Tahiti, Tasmania and Mauritius. Family and friends wrote back with news of marriages, illnesses and social gatherings and advice on what to collect, packing his finds and further avenues of research. When Darwin returned in October 1836 he was a scientific celebrity and an experienced researcher.


Ascension Island

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Wild sea

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Ryde, Isle of Wight

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News from home: insects on the Isle of Wight

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Maer

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Darwin's father's objections to the voyage

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Mercedes, Uruguay

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River trip instructions

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Cape of Good Hope

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'A most imposing barrier'

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Punta Alta, Argentina

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Large fossils of extinct animals

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Santiago, Chile

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Rambling in Chile

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Mendoza, Argentina

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Geologising across the Andes

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Monte Sarmiento

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Peaks in Tierra del Fuego

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51 Manchester Street, London

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Fitzroy's 'savant'

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