Chiloe Island

In 1834, HMS Beagle reached the islands of the Chiloé Archipelago, located in southern Chile, in the Pacific Ocean. The ship dropped anchor, and a man who was different from the others disembarked.

Who was he? Charles Darwin, the famous naturalist.

Darwin immediately began to explore the islands.

He took note of everything: the islands, the weather, the islanders, the animals, the plants, etc. It was naturalist’s dream come true: Imagine a practically untouched island!

The scientist recorded all his observations in writing with great accuracy.

Darwin made repeated mention of the island’s dense jungles. He appeared fascinated by these impenetrable forests that cover much of the islands. However, it took great effort and the use of an ax to clear a path through the forests. Sometimes he had to crawl!

And the weather? Awful. It was so bad that it often prevented him from making progress.

Darwin wrote:” I should think there are few parts of the world, within the temperate regions, where so much rains falls. The winds are very boisterous, and the sky almost always clouded: to have a week of fine weather is something wonderful.” 

But Darwin was determined and managed to explore more of the riches of the islands despite all these obstacles.

The naturalist made very important discoveries on his expedition, including new species of fauna and flora that were completely unknown in Europe.

But ultimately, he was perhaps most amazed by something else: people and their habits…

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Charles Darwin