Entries tagged "Charles Darwin"

The Voyage of the Beagle

2011-03-24

One of the first things that Charles Darwin discovered, during his epic travels on board the Beagle, was a dramatic natural navigation clue. Darwin was exploring the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands, as he recounts in 'The Voyage of the Beagle', 'Another day we rode to the village of St. Domingo, situated near the centre of the island. On a small plain which we crossed, a few stunted acacias were growing; their tops had been bent by the steady trade-wind, in a singular manner - some of them even at right angles to their…