The Voyage of Darwin - Animated Map Quiz

Name the cities and islands visited by Charles Darwin on his legendary voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.

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Last updated: December 17, 2021
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PlymouthMadeiraCanary IslandsCape VerdeSalvadorRio de JaneiroMontevideoFalkland IslandsValparaíso (Santiago)LimaGalapagos IslandsTahitiBay of IslandsSydneyTasmaniaSt Peter and St Paul RocksAbrolhosArchipelagoKing GeorgeSoundMauritiusAzoresSt HelenaAscensionCape TownCocos (Keeling) IslandsBuenos Aires/ FalmouthTierra del FuegoChiloé IslandConcepción (Valdivia)SHIP'S LOG: HOVER HERESHIP'S LOG6th Jan 1832The Beagle is quarantinedat these Spanish islands due to cholera in England. Sailing on, Darwin casts a plankton net he has devised and marvels at the variety of tiny life he finds.SHIP'S LOG16th Jan 1832Darwin first sees the "gloryof tropical vegetation" on these African islands, thenowned by Portugal.He makes detailed observations of the islands'geology and collects manysea specimens, delighting in the vivid corals and colour-changing octopuses.SHIP'S LOG28th Feb 1832The Beagle reaches SouthAmerica and Darwin findshimself in "transports ofpleasure" during his manywalks and observations inthe Brazilian rainforest.Less delightful is theslavery he encounters andhe falls afoul of CaptainFitzRoy when expressinghis disgust at the practice. SHIP'S LOG18th Dec 1832The crew try to establisha mission on this island,returning three native Fuegans who had been taken to England and trained as missionaries.Darwin wonders at thegulf between "savage and civilised" man, attributingthe difference to nutureover nature.SHIP'S LOG1st Mar 1833The Beagle arrives at theserecently reclaimed Britishislands and Darwin studies the relationships of localspecies to their habitats.The following year seesmany more journeys alongthe east coast of SouthAmerica, with land and riverexcursions to study wildlife,geology and fossils.SHIP'S LOG12th Jan 1836Darwin is impressed by thisbustling city and theAboriginal Australians hemeets in the interior, rueingtheir declining numbers.Seeing the vastly differentwildlife he notes that anunbeliever might imaginethe Earth had two creators,and few of the crew believethat platypuses lay eggs!SHIP'S LOG5th Feb 1836At this Australian islandDarwin is both impressedwith the high society of thesettlers and scornful oftheir misconduct regarding the "Aboriginalblacks" which has led to them being "all removed & kept (in reality as prisoners) in a Promontory, the neck of which is guarded."SHIP'S LOG29th April 1836At this French colony,then under British ruleand today an independentcountry, Darwin surveysfurther volcanic mountainsand coral reefs, riding theisland's only elephant tosee an elevated coral plain.SHIP'S LOG4th Mar 1835Darwin experiences anearthquake which, alongwith a resulting tsunami,devastates these two cities.In the process he witnessesfirsthand the rising of theearth by geological process,confirming a recent theoryof geologist Charles Lyell,of whom Darwin has become a strong supporter.SHIP'S LOG1st Sep 1835Following more excursionsin the Andes and beyond asfar as Mendoza, the Beaglejourneys to the Peruviancapital, where an armedinsurrection forces Darwinto stay on board.Here Darwin theorizes thatatolls are formed by the sinking of volcanic islandsand slowly building coral. SHIP'S LOG15th Nov 1835At this island, the largest inFrench Polynesia, Darwin reviews the mockingbirds he collected and is astonished to find that each variety is specific to its island.He enjoys his time on theisland, thinking highly ofthe native inhabitants.SHIP'S LOG19th July 1836At this barren British island,well named perhaps, given Darwin's study of rising landforms, he continues hisgeological investigations.Some years later he will collaborate on a project toimport tree species, leading to the creation of an artificial cloud forest on what is now known asGreen Mountain. SHIP'S LOG23rd Jul 1834The Beagle surveys the Straits of Magellan and theChilean coast for manymonths before arriving at this port, where Darwin travels by horse to the Andes and this capital city.Darwin falls ill on his way back, possibly with Chagas disease, and is forced to spend a month in bed.SHIP'S LOG15th Sep 1835Darwin arrives at theseEcuadorian islands where he collects many specimens including mockingbirds. The Governor tells Darwin he can identify the islanda tortoise came from by its shell. At this point Darwin rejects the concept of"transmutation of species",believing species to be "immutable" or fixed.SHIP'S LOG1st Apr 1836Under instructions from the Admiralty and in view of the theory Darwin developedin South America the crewpicks these Australianislands to study atolls andtheir formation.Darwin notes the islands'coconut economy.SHIP'S LOG31st May 1836At this city Darwin receivesword that geological notes he has sent home havegenerated much admiration,not least from his father,who had at first forbiddenDarwin from the voyage. Darwin is thrilled to visitastronomer John Herscheland it is speculated theydiscussed Darwin's earlyideas on evolution.SHIP'S LOG8th July 1836Darwin lodges near thetomb of Napoleon on thisisland. He has become acutely interested inbiogeography and reflects again on the mockingbirds and tortoises he saw, each variation on its own island. In his notes he expresseshis first doubts about the immutabliity of species.SHIP'S LOG19th Sep 1836After a brief spell back in Brazil where Darwin isglad to see the rainforestone last time, the Beaglemakes stormy passageto this Portuguesearchipelago.Having gathered supplies,Darwin and the crew set offon the final leg of theirhistoric voyage. SHIP'S LOG - HOVER HERESHIP'S LOG27th Dec 1831The HMS Beagle sets sailon its second voyage from the same port that the Mayflower departed 211 years earlier.The expedition to surveythe coast of South America and more is joined by 22-year-old geologist andnaturalist Charles Darwin.SHIP'S LOG3rd Apr 1832Following a survey of the Abrolhos reefs they reachthis Brazilian city, where Darwin rents a house for atime as the Beagle leaves torecheck measurements.Three crew members diefrom fever after visiting theMacacu river.SHIP'S LOG26th Jul 1832As the crew of a Royal Navyvessel, Darwin and his shipmates are called upon to briefly occupy a fort at this capital city to dispel a revolution!As the Beagle surveys thecoast going South, Darwin rides with gauchos into Patagonia.SHIP'S LOG20th Oct 1832Darwin collects numerousfossils on the Argentinecoast and purchases morehere at the capital.One skull he digs up is the first find of an extinct giantground sloth, later named Mylodon darwinii in hishonour.SHIP'S LOG19th Dec 1835Darwin finds little of interest at the tip of thisisland of New Zealand,being none too impressedwith either the Māori or the English settlers!Some missionaries from theBeagle stay on, whichDarwin fully supports.SHIP'S LOG4th Jan 1832The Beagle touches at thisPortuguese island for a confirmed position.Darwin is confined to his cabin with seasickness andin his diary questions his decision to join the voyage!SHIP'S LOG2nd Oct 1836The Beagle reaches the UKon a stormy night.Darwin publishes his diaryand within six months he issketching his idea of a single tree of evolution, butit will be another 22 years ofstudy, through much illness(perhaps due to his diseasein Chile), until he publisheshis revolutionary work:On the Origin of Species byMeans of Natural Selection.Plymouth
 
 
UK to Brazil
Dec 1831 - Jul 1832
Plymouth
Madeira
Canary Islands
Cape Verde
Salvador
Rio de Janeiro
 
                                            
 
Patagonia Atlantic Coast
Jul 1832 - Jun 1834
Montevideo
Buenos Aires
Tierra del Fuego
Falkland Islands
 
                                             
 
Pacific Coast & Islands
Jun 1834 - Dec 1835
Valparaiso (Santiago)
Concepción (Valdivia)
Lima
Galapagos Islands
Tahiti
Bay of Islands
 
                                              
 
Australia to UK
Jan - Oct 1836
Sydney
Tasmania
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Mauritius
Cape Town
Saint Helena
Ascension Island
The Azores
Falmouth
 
                                              
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2021
The route has been necessarily simplified, particularly in South America where years were spent sailing up and down the coasts, though I've tried to give a more accurate impression than some maps which depict a simple forward journey around the continent.

Some of Darwin's opinions of those he encountered have been included for colour and reflect the point of view of one young man born into "the wealthy professional upper class of early British bourgeois society" in the heyday of British colonialism. I hope no offence is taken. (Having personally spent time in beautiful Kerikeri with its lovely people, very close to the Bay of Islands, I can say that my opinions differ from his somewhat!)

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Level 81
Dec 1, 2021
Likewise, his support of missionaries has been included as a point of interest, especially given that his publishings on evolution would create much debate over religion. Darwin had originally intended to join the clergy and his initial zeal for science was wrapped up in natural theology whereby a deity is seen acting through the laws of nature. Indeed he initially looked for "centres of creation" to explain the distribution of species on the voyage.

As his ideas on evolution developed Darwin became critical of the Bible as a historical document, though when he finally published his theory of natural selection, which removed the need for intelligent design, he still considered himself a theist. This view subsequently fluctuated, though he never became an atheist. Although Darwin had stopped attending church with his family for decades, preferring to walk instead, in his final years he described himself as agnostic.

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Level 75
Dec 1, 2021
I am blown away by this map! The animation is really smooth and beautiful, and the concept is fantastic! Nominated, really hope this gets featured!
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Level 81
Dec 1, 2021
Thanks a lot Fuse, glad you like it!
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Level 50
Dec 1, 2021
Wow, wow, wow! Amazing quiz and animation! The ship crossing the seas is just beautiful, and all the animations, this one included, are so fluid. That's amazing! This is a beautiful homages to this major scientist.

Congratulations for this incredible quiz, and nominated, although I know this nom will be completely useless in a few hour, when QM will consult his emails and notice that overtired striked again. ;-)

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Level 54
Dec 1, 2021
insane. overtired is on a completely different level, that's for sure
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Level 70
Dec 1, 2021
Amazing quiz! I seem to remember a few months back you told me about this. It reminds me a lot of my own explorer map quizzes, but better! I especially find the bobbing ship and the ship's logs to be really nice touches, things that I never would never have come up with myself. The map itself is also beautiful. Nominated!

P.S. I think the dates on your table are wrong. The latter two columns say "June 1934 - Dec 1935" and "Jan - Oct 1936," and I'm guessing you meant "June 1834 - Dec 1835" and "Jan - Oct 1836."

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Level 81
Dec 1, 2021
Thanks JW :) Whoops, have fixed those dates. They definitely didn't take 100 years getting through the Strait of Magellan...!
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Level 72
Dec 1, 2021
This "quiz" is truly amazing. It is really more of a interact exabit about Darwin's journey. Transitions are smooth, ship animation is great, and I learned a lot while taking it! This might be my favorite quiz!
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Level 81
Dec 17, 2021
Thanks Maxi, glad you enjoyed it :)
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Level 63
Dec 17, 2021
Amazing quiz! It would have been great without the animations (which you added) and would have been fine without the log(which you added too) and overall the quiz is very intresting and informative and the additions make it so much more fun :0

Would love to see more quizzes like this as I loved the combination of testing your geography knowledge and learning about history!!!

Maybe do something with silk road/alexander the great, exploration of africa, phonesians, british/spanish exploration of the new world and more!

Enjoy the nomination and spotlight!!

Recommended by Maxi :P

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Level 81
Dec 17, 2021
Thanks very much! :)
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Level 64
Dec 23, 2021
Wow! Great Quiz as always overtired!
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Level 74
Dec 23, 2021
Excellent!
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2021
Can't believe this isn't featured yet...

This quiz has surpassed mere excellence! :D

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Level 85
Dec 28, 2021
Excellent quiz! I neglected to check out the ship's log on my first take, so took it a second time to get the full experience. Fascinating stuff!
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2022
One of the best map quizzes I have seen so far. Keep it up!

Nominated, of course.

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Level 71
Apr 17, 2022
Wow that was incredible, thank you so much overtired!
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2022
You’re welcome. Thanks for the kind comment :)
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Level 67
Apr 21, 2022
after typing the fourth answer the page refreshes every time 🙁
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2022
Huh, that’s weird. On what browser and computer?
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Level 61
Apr 21, 2022
Same. I’m using a iPhone. The browser says the website is “repeatedly failing”.
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Level 81
Apr 22, 2022
Huh, works fine for me on my iPhone. Maybe it’s a Safari version issue.
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Level 81
Jun 26, 2022
Using Safari and the latest OS update?

I can’t recreate the problem on my iPhone.

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Level 57
Jun 26, 2022
I had that problem as well. I got around it by simply jumping to Brazil immediately, doing the rest of the map, then looping back to the start at the end.

Still a nuisance, though. I’m not sure why it’s happening, either.

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Level 66
Apr 21, 2022
Wow! Hands down, this was the most enjoyable jetpunk quiz I've ever taken. Thank you for creating this!
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2022
You’re welcome, glad to hear you enjoyed it!
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Level 63
Apr 21, 2022
Fantastic quiz! I spotted one typo: in the Tierra del Fuego log, you have 'nuture' instead of 'nurture'
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Level 81
Apr 21, 2022
Thanks will correct it when I update
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Level 67
Jun 26, 2022
I thought this quiz was on Narnia - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, until I looked more closely.
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Level 56
Jun 26, 2022
Leave it to overtired to get two spotlights in a day!
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Level 66
Aug 5, 2022
This is by far the most beautiful quiz I have ever seen! Well done! You have my nomination :)
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Level 81
Aug 5, 2022
Thanks very much! Glad you liked it.