Human History

  • August 5, 2016

    Treasure Islands! From Pirates to UNESCO »

    When we say that something is near or far, we usually do so in comparison to other things or other points of reference. When it comes to locating areas of land or sea, the science that places them on maps, called cartography, has been very useful to guide people on their travels. When it comes read more

  • January 30, 2015

    Galapagos Cargo Ships: Recent Ship Groundings »

    On the 28th of January 2015 the cargo ship  Floreana ran aground just off Baquerizo Moreno. En-route from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora, the ship was carrying 1,400 tons of cargo consisting of mostly food and gas cylinders. Holding 50 tons of fuel, authorities have set up oil booms as a precaution whilst authorities attempt to remove the fuel as read more

    Grounded Ship Banner (©Heidi Snell)
  • October 12, 2014

    Patrick Watkins: The first man to call Galapagos home »

    Not much is known about Patrick Watkins, save for the fact that he was marooned on the island of Floreana in 1807. For two years he lived feral, growing vegetables on a two-acre plot of land in a small valley. He became known for trading his vegetables for rum from passing ships and according to read more

    Galapagos People: Captain Porter
  • October 6, 2014

    Thor Heyerdahl’s 100th Birthday »

    Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) was a Norwegian explorer, author and adventurer. While living in the Marquesas Archipelago, he came up with the controversial idea that Polynesia could have been populated from South America rather than Asia. He then spent most of his life gaining evidence for this theory. Heyerdahl became most notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition read more

    Galapagos People: Thor Heyerdahl
  • September 15, 2014

    Voyage of the HMS Beagle »

    On this day (15 September) in 1835, HMS Beagle arrived at the Galapagos Islands, nearly four years after setting sail from Plymouth, England. This was the Beagles second voyage and was captained by Robert FitzRoy. Realising the need for a geology expert on board the ship, FitzRoy appointed Charles Darwin to accompany him on his read more

    Galapagos People: HMS Beagle