Sunday, January 6, 2013
Why the Beagle?
There are certainly easier travel books with which to begin a project. "The Voyage of the Beagle" reveals Charles Darwin as an energetic young man, full of wonder and willing to take chances. He writes of the injustices of slavery and gives first hand accounts of the genocide of indigenous people. Darwin's geologic theories on island formation and crustal uplift are remarkable considering that the plate tectonic theory was proposed more than one hundred years after his publication. Many people associate Charles Darwin with a specific place - The Galapagos Islands. For the longest time I dreamed of some day visiting these "enchanted islands." Of seeing the marine iguana or diving with sea lions.