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HMS 'Beagle' laid ashore, Rio Santa Cruz, Patagonia, South America, 1834 (1839). The 'Beagle', commanded by Robert Fitzroy, set sail on a 5-year voyage around the world in December 1831, with the naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882) aboard. It was during this voyage that Darwin made observations that helped form his theory of evolution. From Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle by Robert Fitzroy.
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