HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego

The Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. I)

The second voyage of the HMS Beagle (December 27, 1831-October 2, 1836) was carried out under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy. On board was also the young graduate, Charles Darwin, whose journals during the voyage...
HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego

Banda Oriental and Patagonia

Our passage was a very long and tedious one. The Plata looks like a noble estuary on the map; but is in truth a poor affair. A wide expanse of muddy water has neither grandeur nor beauty. At one time of the day, the two shores, both of which are extremely low, could just be distinguished from the deck.
HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego

Buenos Ayres and St. Fe

In the evening I set out on an excursion to St. Fe, which is situated nearly three hundred English miles from Buenos Ayres, on the banks of the Parana. The roads in the neighbourhood of the city after the rainy weather, were extraordinarily bad. I should never have thought it possible for a bullock waggon to have crawled along: as it was, they scarcely went at the rate of a mile an hour, and a man was kept ahead, to survey the best line for making the attempt.
HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego

Bahia Blanca to Buenos Ayres

I hired a Gaucho to accompany me on my ride to Buenos Ayres, though with some difficulty, as the father of one man was afraid to let him go, and another, who seemed willing, was described to me as so fearful, that I was afraid to take him, for I was told that even if he saw an ostrich at a distance, he would mistake it for an Indian, and would fly like the wind away.