Turning the Book Wheel
A tumblr of semi-random stuff from the stacks of the Smithsonian Libraries
27 of December, 2013

This date marks the 182nd anniversary of the embarkation of the HMS Beagle on its surveying voyage to South America. December 27, 1831 the weather was finally clear enough for the ship, now carrying Charles Darwin, to leave for its next leg circumnavigating the globe.

The map above is scanned from our copy of Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle between the years 1826 and 1836,…(1839), while the narrative comes from p. 42 of the copy scanned by the Natural History Museum Library, London, found on archive.org.

Posted 8 months ago
Tags:  #Darwin  #hms beagle  #december 27  #otd  #map  #old map

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