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  • 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
  • September 8, 2014

    International Literacy Day  »

    Today, the 8th September 2014, people are celebrating International Literacy Day all around the world. Launched by UNESCO, it aims to promote the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. The theme of International Literacy Day in 2014 is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. Literacy is one of the key elements in read more

    Galapagos People: Book Bus
  • September 6, 2014

    Welcome!  »

    Welcome to Discovering Galapagos and Descubriendo Galápagos – your resource to learn, engage, enjoy, interact, play and communicate on all issues Galapagos. This is an educational resource with a difference. Powerful images, video clips, interviews, interactive games and compelling animations are all underpinned by rigorous science, facts and lessons. But the key here is this read more