On December 18

On December 18 - OnDecember18,1832,...

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On December 18, 1832, they finally set sail for Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of  South America. There Darwin was shocked to meet the native people, the Fuegians,  who seemed to him to be hardly human. In January 1833, on their way to the western  coast of Tierra del Fuego, they were almost sunk by bad weather and enormous swells.  But they made it safely to the home territory of the Fuegians they had brought on board  from England, two men and a woman who had been taken hostage by FitzRoy on a  previous trip. They dropped off the Fuegians along with a British missionary who hoped  to spread Christianity among the 'heathen' Fuegians. But when the  Beagle  returned nine  days later all of the missionary's belongings had been stolen and the shaken missionary  asked to be taken back on board. The next few months saw the  Beagle  return to the 
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