The ship -...

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The ship's first stop was meant to be Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the same place that  Darwin had hoped to visit with Henslow. Unfortunately, because of a recent cholera  outbreak in England they would have been quarantined for twelve days before landing,  so Captain FitzRoy gave the order to set sail for St. Jago in the Cape Verde Islands, 300  miles off the African coast. Along the way, Darwin began his work as a naturalist by  collecting plankton. When they landed at St. Jago he hiked through the volcano hills,  encountering his first tropical jungle in a small valley and seeing real evidence of  geological change: a layer of compressed sea shells in the cliffs thirty feet above sea  level. Leaving St. Jago on February 8, 1831, they stopped at St. Paul's Rocks to kill birds  for food, then crossed the Equator on February 16.
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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