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February 12, 1809: Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

Tortoises and finches combined to make Darwin’s roughly 5-year voyage on the HMS Beagle a rather monumental success.

Here are two maps showing different perspectives of the inspirational islands, published roughly 150 years apart.

Maps: Carte de l’Amérique Mérid.le: d’après le meilleurs matériaux.  Bruxelles: Etablissement géographique fondé par Ph. Vandermaelen, 1831.

Healey, Kevin. The Galápagos Islands 1:500 000. Compilation and draughting by Kevin Healey; drawings and text by Hilary Bradt. Chalfont St. Peter, England: Bradt Publications, c1985 (1988 printing)

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