Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary
On 27th December 1831, HMS Beagle set out from Plymouth under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that lasted nearly 5 years. The purpose of the trip was to complete a survey of the southern coasts of South America, and afterwards to circumnavigate the globe. The ship's geologist and naturalist was Charles Darwin. Darwin kept a diary throughout the voyage in which he recorded his daily activities, not only on board the ship but also during the several long journeys that he made on horseback in Patagonia and Chile. His entries tell the story of one of the most important scientific journeys ever made with matchless immediacy and vivid descriptiveness.
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Keyne's excerpts of Darwin's diary is important. He provides maps and many pictures to enhance Darwin's very personal impressions of his 5-year voyage around the world. I would recommend this, though, as an adjunct while reading Darwin's polished and very popular publication of this trip: "Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by the HMS Beagle", usually just called "The Voyage of the Beagle". Now THAT book is the classic! Both of these are available for free on darwin-online.
Charles Darwin has written so much about the survival of the Fittest. In this memoirs the Beagle Diary , we find him killing so many birds in their breeding season so that the ship is filled with them. How could those innocent birds survive such brutal attacks by human beings ? It is human beings who destroy the biodiverse universe's fauna and flora , either for sheer cruelty, or for eating and many a time for scientific experiments.
The earth needs more compassionate people to think for protection of Nature ..(Not more scientists) Not only for protection of human race but for protection of all races of living beings .
Dr Suvarna Nalapat