Charles DARWIN; Robert Fitzroy; Philip Parker King
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe (1839)
As the title suggests, this collection includes three accounts of the voyages of the British Royal Navy ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836. The first account was provided by Admiral Philip Parker King and it refers to Adventure’s exploration of the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego from 1826 to 1830. The second volume brings Captain Fitzroy’s account of the Beagle’s second voyage (with Darwin on board) to South America, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand and Australia in the period from 1831 to 1836. The third part of the collection is Darwin’s own Journal and remarks. As is commonly known, the scientific observations contained in this volume ultimately led to Darwin’s publishing of The Origin of Species in 1859.