“Voyage of the Beagle,” by Charles Darwin

In the 1830’s, a young Englishman by the name of Charles Darwin became the ship naturalist aboard the HMS “Beagle.”  The ship was a map-making vessel and each time the ship went into port, Charles explored the local area.

Charles Darwin was a great diarist and recorded frolicking adventures in his book:  The Voyage of the Beagle.  As he explored, he sent home specimens of plants and animals and thus became quite a fine supplier of English museums.  Personally, I think that his memoirs placed him on a meteoric rise to “rock-stardom” in an age when that phrase had most likely not even been considered.  Back-in-the-day, those who wrote memoirs of their travels became the new “reality series” purveyors.  Perhaps it was the mode of adventure for most home-dwellers before radio became popular.

I have specifically chosen for your inspection, the Harvard Classic version (edited), because many of the newer releases have been abridged and parts of the history as Darwin himself recorded, have been removed.  History has been rewritten due to our modern “PC” (politically correct) society.  Revisionism.

During the period of the Voyage (of the Beagle), the Abolitionist movement had peaked in England.   Darwin gave several heart-rending accounts of slavery in the New World in this volume.  Slavery was a world-wide, world-view issue and was abolished in England in 1833, while he was making his “voyage.”  The resolution of the same issue in the United States lead to the death of many Union and Confederate soldiers.

Charles did give delightful descriptions of the landscapes he encountered in his worldwide journey, with South America being the centerpiece.  Adventures with native peoples and life lessons were strewn throughout the book.  He used Christian imagery in the book and it is quite the delightful read, regardless of whether you agree with his later dwellings on the “natural” beginning of things.

I highly recommend the Harvard Classic version of this book, “The Voyage of the Beagle,” by Charles Darwin.  Like so many Europeans at the time, I believe you will fall in love with Charles’ storytelling and his worldwide adventures!

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