The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book
written by Charles Darwin published in 1839 as his Journal and
Remarks, which brought him considerable fame and respect. The title
refers to the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle, which set
sail from Plymouth Sound on 27 December 1831 under the command of captain Robert
While the expedition was originally planned to last two years, it lasted
almost five–the 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).
The book, also known as Darwin's Journal of Researches, is a
vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal
covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin's keen
powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were exploring
and charting the whole world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the
expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to
places and locations rather than chronologically. With hindsight, ideas which
Darwin would later develop into his theory of evolution by natural selection are
hinted at in his notes and in the book.
- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.