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Fuegians From Darwin's Beagle Voyage
Paul D Stewart
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Fuegians Going to trade in Xapallos with the Patagonians'. Copper engraving before page 171, art by Fitzroy himself, engraved by T. Landseer. Published H. Colburn 1838. In the Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of HMS Adventure and Beagle" Volume II. R. Fitzroy 1839. Fitzroy's own agenda on the Voyage of the Beagle with Darwin, was to return some native Fuegians he had taken on a previous voyage and tried to 'civilize' in Britain. Darwin shared the ship with them on the outward journey. Nothing quite prepared him for the Fuegians in a 'state of nature' however. Over thirty years later he wrote in the 'Descent of Man' (1871) "the astonishment which I felt on first seeing a party of Fuegians on a wild and broken shore will never be forgotten by me, for the reflection at once rushed to my mind - such were our ancestors"."
May 6th, 2013
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