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Fuegians - Fitzroy's Beagle Portraits a

Fuegians - Fitzroy's Beagle Portraits a

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Copper engraving (cleaned) drawn by Captain R. Fitzroy, engraved by T. Landseer. Published H. Colburn 1838. In the "Narrative of the 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 3 native Fuegians he had taken on a previous voyage, and 'civilized' in Britain. Here named and one shown 'before and after' return. Darwin shared the ship with them on the outward journey, but nothing quite prepared him for the Fuegians in a 'state of nature'. 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". All the Fuegians rapidly adopted their old customs to survive. Ultimately the Fuegians went extinct.

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