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Voyage of the Beagle (Economy Editions)


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A classic of adventure travel, this landmark of natural history is also a cornerstone in the development of evolutionary theory. The Beagle departed from England in 1831 on a voyage to map the coast of South America. Its two-year itinerary stretched into five years, and the ship's naturalist, young Charles Darwin, made the observations that led to his concept of natural selection. Darwin based many of his conclusions upon his study of the unique creatures of the Galápagos: marine and land iguanas, giant tortoises with a variety of shells, and more than 20 species of finches, each with a distinctive beak. Upon his return home in 1836, Darwin published a series of books based on the notebooks and diaries from his voyage, including this historic work--essential reading for scientists, historians, and anyone with an interest in the natural world. This new Dover edition is the lowest-priced edition now available. Unabridged republication of P. F. Collier and Son, Corp. N.Y., 1909.

Book News Annotation:

The Beagle departed from England for Patagonia in 1831 on a voyage to map the coast of South America. Charles Darwin, the ship's naturalist, began the voyage with scientific and theological objections to the notion of evolution but concluded the journey with the publication of this work detailing the concept of natural selection. This is an unabridged republication of the edition published by P. F. Collier and Son Corp., New York, 1909.
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Classic of adventure travel and cornerstone in the development of evolutionary theory recounts Darwin's five-year sojourn in South America, where he made the observations that led to his concept of natural selection, basing many of his conclusions upon his study of the unique creatures of the Galápagos.

About the Author

Charles Darwin was born in England in 1809 and attended the University of Edinburgh to study medicine. When he decided against that vocation, he enrolled at Cambridge where he earned a degree in theology. During an expedition to Africa and South America, Darwin continued his studies in natural science and began writing about his theories of natural selection. His work led to the publication of On the Origin of Species, a book that changed the world.

Charles Darwin: Original Thinking

Each generation of students comes to Darwin's epoch-making works, several of which are the basis of our publishing program in biology and related fields: The Essential Darwin, 2006; The Descent of Man, 2010; The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, 2006; and On the Origin of the Species, 2006.

In the Author's Own Words:

"A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there."

"I feel most deeply that this whole question of Creation is too profound for human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton! Let each man hope and believe what he can."

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."

"Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system — with all these exalted powers — Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin." — Charles Darwin

Table of Contents


 Porto Praya

 Ribeira Grande

 Atmospheric Dust with Infusoria

 Habits of a Sea-slug and Cuttle-fish

 "St. Paul's Rocks, non-volcanic"

 Singular Incrustations

 Insects the first Colonists of Islands

 Fernando Noronha


 Burnished Rocks

 Habits of a Diodon

 Pelagic Confervæ and Infusoria

 Causes of discoloured Sea


 Rio de Janeiro

 Excursion north of Cape Frio

 Great Evaporation


 Botofogo Bay

 Terrestrial Planariæ

 Clouds on the Corcovado

 Heavy Rain

 Musical Frogs

 Phosphorescent Insects

 "Elater, springing powers of"

 Blue Haze

 Noise made by a Butterfly



 Wasp killing a Spider

 Parasitical Spider

 Artifices of an Epeira

 Gregarious Spider

 Spider with an unsymmetrical Web


 Monte Video


 Excursion to R. Polanco

 Lazo and Bolas


 Absence of Trees


 "Capybara, or River Hog"


 "Molothrus, cuckoo-like habits"



 Carrion Hawks

 Tubes formed by Lightning

 House struck


 Rio Negro

 Estancias attacked by the Indians

 Salt Lakes


 R. Negro to R. Colorado

 Sacred Tree

 Patagoniac Hare

 Indian Families

 General Rosas

 Proceed to Bahia Blanca

 Sand Dunes

 Negro Lieutenant

 Bahia Blanca

 Saline Incrustations

 Punta Alta



 Bahia Blanca


 Numerous gigantic extinct Quadrupeds

 Recent Extinction

 Longevity of Species

 Large Animals do not require a luxuriant vegetation

 Southern Africa

 Siberian Fossils

 Two Species of Ostrich

 Habits of Oven-bird


 "Venomous Snake, Toad, Lizard"

 Hybernation of Animals

 Habits of Sea-Pen

 Indian Wars and Massacres

 "Arrow head, antiquarian Relic"


 Set out for Buenos Ayres

 Rio Sauce

 Sierra Ventana

 Third Posa

 Driving Horses


 Partridges and Foxes

 Features of the Century

 Long-legged Plover



 Natural Enclosures in the Sierra Tapalguen

 Flesh of Puma

 Meat Diet

 Guardia del Monte

 Effects of Cattle on the Vegetation


 Buenos Ayres

 Corral where Cattle are slaughtered


 Excursion to St. Fé


 Habits of the Bizcacha

 Little Owl

 Saline Streams

 Level Plains


 St. Fé

 Change in Landscape


 Tooth of extinct Horse

 Relation of the Fossil and Recent Quadrupeds of North and South America

 Effects of a great Drought


 Habits of the Jaguar


 "Kingfisher, Parrot, and Scissor-tail"


 Buenos Ayres

 State of Government


 Excursion to Colonia del Sacramiento

 Value of an Estancia

 "Cattle, how counted"

 Singular Breed of Oxen

 Preforated Pebbles

 Shepherd Dogs

 "Horses broken-in, Gauchos riding"

 Character of Inhabitants

 Rio Plata

 Flocks of Butterflies

 Aeronaut Spiders

 Phosphorescence of the Sea

 Port Desire


 Port St. Julian

 Geology of Patagonia

 Fossil gigantic Animal

 Types of Organization constant

 Change in the Zoology of America

 Causes of Extinction


 Santa Cruz

 Expedition up the River


 Immense Streams of Basaltic Lava

 Fragments not transported by the River

 Excavation of the Valley

 "Condor, habits of"


 Erratic Boulders of great size

 Indian Relics

 Return to the Ship

 Falkland Islands

 "Wild Horses, Cattle, Rabbits"

 Wolf-like Fox

 Fire made of Bones

 Manner of hunting Wild Cattle


 Streams of Stones

 Scenes of Violence



 Eggs of Doris

 Compound Animals


 "Tierra del Fuego, first arrival"

 Good Success Bay

 An Account of the Fuegians on board

 Interview with the Savages

 Scenery of the Forests

 Cape Horn

 Wigwam Cove

 Miserable Condition of the Savages




 Religious Feelings

 Great Gale

 Beagle Channel

 Ponsonby Sound

 Build Wigwams and settle the Fuegians

 Bifurcation of the Beagle Channel


 Return to the Ship

 Second Visit in the Ship to the Settlement

 Equality of Condition amongst the Natives


 Strait of Magellan

 Port Famine

 Ascent of Mount Tarn


 Edible Fungus


 Great Sea-weed

 Leave Tierra del Fuego


 Fruit-trees and Productions of the Southern Coasts

 Height of Snow-line on the Cordillera

 Descent of Glaciers to the Sea

 Icebergs formed

 Transportal of Boulders

 Climate and Productions of the Antarctic Islands

 Preservation of Frozen Carcasses




 Excursion to the Foot of the Andes

 Structure of the Land

 Ascend the Bell of Quillota

 Shattered Masses of Greenstone

 Immense Valleys


 State of Miners


 Hot-baths of Cauquenes



 Perforated Stones

 Habits of the Puma

 El Turco and Tapacolo




 General Aspect

 Boat Excursion

 Native Indians


 Tame Fox

 Ascend San Pedro

 Chonos Archipelago

 Peninsul of Tres Montes

 Granitic Range

 Boat-wrecked Sailors

 Low's Harbour

 Wild Potato

 Formation of Peat

 "Myopotamus, Otter and Mice"

 Cheucau and Barking-bird


 Singular Character of Ornithology



 "San Carlos, Chiloe"

 "Osorno in Eruption, contemporaneously with Aconcagua and Coseguina"

 Ride to Cucao

 Impenetrable Forests





 Great Earthquake

 Rocks fissured

 Appearance of the former Towns

 The Sea Black and Boiling

 Direction of the Vibrations

 Stones twisted round

 Great Wave

 Permanent Elevation of the Land

 Area of Volcanic Phenomena

 The connection between the Elevatory and Eruptive Forces

 Causes of Earthquakes

 Slow Elevation of Mountain-chains



 Portillo Pass

 Sagacity of Mules


 "Mines, how discovered"

 Proofs of the gradual Elevation of the Cordillera

 Effect of Snow on Rocks

 Geological Structure of the two main Ranges

 Their distinct Origin and Upheaval

 Great subsidence

 Red Snow

 Winds Hydrophobia

 The Despoblado

 Indian Ruins

 Probable change of Climate

 River-bed arched by an Earthquake

 Cold Gales of Wind

 Noises from a Hill


 Salt Alluvium

 Nitrate of Soda


 Unhealthy Country

 "Ruins of Callao, overthrown by an Earthquake"

 Recent subsidence

 "Elevated Shells on San Lorenzo, their decomposition "

 Plain with embedded Shells and fragments of Pottery

 Antiquity of the Indian Race


 Galapago Archipelago

 The whole Group Volcanic

 Number of Craters

 Leafless Bushes

 Colony at Charles Island

 James Island

 Salt-lake in Crater

 Natural History of the Group

 "Ornithology, curious Finches"


 "Great Tortoises, habits of"

 "Marine Lizard, feeds on Sea-weed"

 "Terrestrial Lizard, burrowing habits, herbivorous"

 Importance of Reptiles in the Archipelago

 "Fish, Shells, Insects"


 American Type of Organization

 Differences in the Species or Races on different Islands

 Tameness of the Birds

 "Fear of Man, an acquired Instinct"


 Pass through the Low Archipelago



 Vegetation on the Mountains

 View of Eimeo

 Excursion into the Interior

 Profound Ravines

 Succession of Waterfalls

 Number of wild useful Plants

 Temperance of the Inhabitants

 Their moral state

 Parliament convened

 New Zealand

 Bay of Islands


 Excursion to Waimate

 Missionary Establishment

 English Weeds now run wild


 Funeral of a New Zealand Woman

 Sail for Australia



 Excursion to Bathurst

 Aspect of the Woods

 Party of Natives

 Gradual extinction of the Aborigines

 Infection generated by associated Men in health

 Blue Mountains

 View of the grand gulf-like Valleys

 Their origin and formation

 "Bathurst, general civility of the Lower Orders"

 State of Society

 Van Diemen's Land

 Hobart Town

 Aborigines all banished

 Mount Wellington

 King George's Sound

 Cheerless Aspect of the Country

 "Bald Head, calcareous casts of branches of Trees"

 Party of Natives

 Leave Australia


 Keeling Island

 Singular appearance

 Scanty Flora

 Transport of Seeds

 Birds and Insects

 Ebbing and flowing Springs

 Fields of dead Coral

 Stone transported in the roots of Trees

 Great Crab

 Stinging Corals

 Coral-eating Fish

 Coral Formations

 "Lagoon Islands, or Atolls"

 Depth at which reef-building Corals can live

 Vast Areas interspersed with low Coral Islands

 Subsidence of their foundations

 Barrier Reefs

 Fringing Reefs

 "Conversion of Fringing Reefs into Barrier Reefs, and into Atolls"

 Evidence of changes in Level

 Breaches in Barrier Reefs

 Areas of subsidence and elevation

 Distribution of Volcanoes

 "Subsidence slow, and vast in amount"


 "Mauritius, beautiful appearance of"

 Great crateriform ring of Mountains


 St. Helena

 History of the changes in the Vegetation

 Cause of the extinction of Land-shells


 Variation in the imported Rats

 Volcanic Bombs

 Beds of Infusoria



 Splendour of Tropical Scenery


 Singular Reef


 Return to England

 Retrospect on our Voyage


Product Details

Darwin, Charles
Dover Publications
Mineola, N.Y.
South America
Voyages around the world
Natural history
General Nature
Expeditions & Discoveries
Special Interest - Adventure
History of Science-General
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