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Evolution's Captain: The Story of the Kidnapping That Led to Charles Darwin's Voyage Aboard the Beagle Paperback – June 29, 2004
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By 1831, the savages are the source of constant embarrassment and it is necessary to return them to Tierra de Fuego. Finagling a commission, ostensibly to finish the survey of the Americas, FitzRoy releases the natives to their homeland. This new commission involves an extended voyage navigating the globe and FitzRoy is concerned about the years of isolation, not one to mix with those of lesser rank. The prospect of such solitude is daunting to the young captain, haunted by the history of insanity in his family.
Charles Darwin is a naturalist, the perfect choice as FitzRoy's companion. Both possess astute minds and spend hours discoursing on scientific principles. While FitzRoy surveys the rugged coastline of Tierra del Fuego, Darwin roams the countryside, gathering specimens. The trip almost flounders when the overstressed FitzRoy loses his focus, but he rallies, able to continue. By the time they reach the Falklands, Darwin is writing voluminous notes on the aberrations observed on various islands, particularly the Galapagos Islands.
Returning home, the two scientists prepare for publication.Read more ›
The life of Robert Fitzroy is so interesting and fascinating. In his first voyage he took three natives back to England and they spent two years there until the second voyage, where these natives were brought back to their "countries" and also was the moment for Darwin to accompany Fitzroy as a naturalist. The story of these yaghans, the descriptions of its life and customs, the time spent in England and how they were put back with his people make this story worthy of admiration, worthy for a PBS/BBC documentary. One of these indians lived in Navarino Island, a place my mother lived in the 1960s, in the little Chilean city of Puerto Williams -- another reason for reading this book. I can only recommend all the readers to travel to the south of Chile, you can go to Punta Arenas and from there to know the Magellan Strait, cross to Tierra del Fuego and even go to Navarine island and to know the Beagle Channel ... those are just captivating and precious landscapes., you won't be regretted.
In my opinion, Fitzroy should be known more in my country, he is part of it, and this book or another biography is for sure a pleasant reading. This book is precious, commendable for lovers of exploration and the reading is fluid. I wish I could take a course in "creative writing" with this author.
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If you have read only Darwin's "Voyage of the Beagle" as I did some years ago in preparation for an actual excursion to the Galapagos Islands you have missed a significant... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jerry G. Persall
As a sailor, I enjoyed this glimpse into life aboard the Beagle. "Red sky's at night, sailors delight, red sky's in the morning, sailors take warning" capt FitzRoyPublished 21 months ago by Scott Kennedy
The book is very readable and presents even difficult facts in easily understood way. One reviewer complained about loss of narrative strenght in the 2nd half of the book, I have... Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Pavel Faigl
Very interesting story - drags a little in places, but would be of interest to anyone with a biology background who respects Darwin's contribution to science.Published on December 2, 2013 by Rosemary F. Blumetti
The book has great descriptions of the hardships of 19th century travel, religious fanaticism, and Victorian colonization. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by A Team
This book is an excellent read, but much more technical than I expected. Have not yet finished it. It appears to be very complete, thorough.Published on December 30, 2012 by Barbara C
Purchased this for a reading class this year. The book came in perfect condition, with quick shipping. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Jess