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Beagle sailed from Plymouth Sound on 27 December 1831 under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy. While the expedition was originally planned to last two years, it lasted almost five—Beagle did not return until 2 October 1836. Darwin spent most of this time exploring on land (three years and three months on land; 18 months at sea).

Puerto Rico

Dec. 1831

"Rum plays an important growth in the local community, as well as for tourists and rum enthusiasts visiting the island during vacations.

Over 70 percent of the rum sold in the U.S. comes from Puerto Rico; rum is a huge part of the Puerto Rican experience"

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Santo Domingo

Jan. 1832

"Rum isn’t just a drink in the Dominican Republic — it’s a way of life. Before your DR Rum Journey, learn all about the spirit’s history, its varieties, get your access to the most renowned rum places in DR, and unlock your Rum Expert Badges to update your digital rum Passport."

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Antigua & Barbuda

Jan. 1832

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Bahamas

Feb. 1832

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Barbados

Feb. 1832

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British Virgin Islands

Feb. 1832

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Cuba

Mar. 1832

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Grenada

Apr. 1832

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Guadeloupe

Jul. 1832

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Haiti

Sep. 1832

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Jamaica

Dec. 1832

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Martinique

Dec. 1832

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St Kitts & Nevis

Dec. 1832

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St Lucia

Jan. 1833

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St Vincent and the Grenadines

Mar. 1833

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Sint Maarten

Aug. 1833

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Trinidad and Tobago

Jan. 1834

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US Virgin Islands

Apr. 1834

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Valparaiso, Chile

Jul. 1834

"The Beagle anchored late at night in the bay of Valparaiso.  When morning came, everything appeared delightful. After Tierra del Fuego, the climate felt quite delicious. The view from the anchorage is very pretty."

Chiloé Island, Chile

Jan. 1835

"In the wooded island of Chiloe, which has an extremely humid climate, this little bird [Trochilus forficatus], skipping from side to side amidst the dripping foliage, is perhaps more abundant than almost any other kind."

Valdivia, Chile

Fev. 1835

"There is not much cleared land near Valdivia: after crossing a river at the distance of a few miles, we entered the forest, and then passed only one miserable hovel, before reaching our sleeping-place for the night."

Concepción, Chile

Mar. 1835

"The mayor-domo of the estate quickly rode down to tell me the terrible news of the great earthquake of the 20th:—'That not a house in Concepcion or Talcahuano (the port) was standing; that seventy villages were destroyed; and that a great wave had almost washed away the ruins of Talcahuano.'"

Iquique, Chile

Jul. 1835

"The town contains about a thousand inhabitants, and stands on a little plain of sand at the foot of a great wall of rock, 2000 feet in height, here forming the coast. The whole is utterly desert."

Lima, Peru

Sep. 1835

"Lima stands on a plain in a valley, formed during the gradual retreat of the sea. Steep barren hills rise like islands from the plain, which is divided, by straight mud-walls, into large green fields. In these scarcely a tree grows excepting a few willows, and an occasional clump of bananas and of oranges."

Galápagos, Equador

Sep. 1835

"As I was walking along I met two large tortoises, each of which must have weighed at least two hundred pounds: one was eating a piece of cactus, and as I approached, it stared at me and slowly walked away; the other gave a deep hiss, and drew in its head."

Tahiti

Nov. 1835

"The survey of the Galapagos Archipelago being concluded, we steered towards Tahiti and commenced our long passage of 3,200 miles."

Pahia, New Zeland

Dec. 1835

"New Zealand is favoured by one great natural advantage; namely, that the inhabitants can never perish from famine. The whole country abounds with fern: and the roots of this plant, if not very palatable, yet contain much nutriment."

Sydney, Australia

Jan. 1836

"At last we anchored within Sydney Cove. In the evening I walked through the town, and returned full of admiration at the whole scene. "

Hobart, Tasmania

Feb. 1836

"Late in the evening we anchored in the snug cove on the shores of which stands the capital of Tasmania. The first aspect of the place was very inferior to that of Sydney; the latter might be called a city, this is only a town. "

Cocos Islands

Apr. 1836

"The ring-formed reef of the lagoon-island is surmounted in the greater part of its length by linear islets. On entering, the scene was very curious and rather pretty; its beauty, however, entirely depended on the brilliancy of the surrounding colours."

Mauritius

May. 1836

"In the morning we passed round the northern end of Mauritius. From this point of view the aspect of the island equalled the expectations raised by the many well-known descriptions of its beautiful scenery."

Cape Town, South Africa

Jun. 1836

"With regard to the number of large quadrupeds, there certainly exists no quarter of the globe which will bear comparison with Southern Africa."

St. Helena

Jul. 1836

"This island, the forbidding aspect of which has been so often described, rises abruptly like a huge black castle from the ocean. Near the town, as if to complete nature's defence, small forts and guns fill up every gap in the rugged rocks."

Pernambuco, Brazil

Aug. 1836

"The flat swampy land on which Pernambuco stands is surrounded, at the distance of a few miles, by a semicircle of low hills, or rather by the edge of a country elevated perhaps two hundred feet above the sea."

Azores

Sep. 1836

"...thence we proceeded to the Azores, where we stayed six days."

Falmouth, U.K.

Oct. 1836

"On the 2nd of October we made the shores of England; and at Falmouth I left the Beagle, having lived on board the good little vessel nearly five years."

London, U.K.

Nov. 1859

23 years after Darwin's return, On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life is published by John Murray.

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