Produced by Sue Asscher
A NATURALIST'S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD
By Charles Darwin
FIRST EDITION...MAY 1860.
SECOND EDITION...MAY 1870.
THIRD EDITION...FEBRUARY 1872.
FOURTH EDITION...JULY 1874.
FIFTH EDITION...MARCH 1876.
SIXTH EDITION...JANUARY 1879.
SEVENTH EDITION...MAY 1882.
EIGHTH EDITION...FEBRUARY 1884.
NINTH EDITION...AUGUST 1886.
TENTH EDITION...JANUARY 1888.
ELEVENTH EDITION...JANUARY 1890.
(FRONTISPIECE. H.M.S. BEAGLE IN STRAITS OF MAGELLAN. MT.
SARMIENTO IN THE DISTANCE.)
JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES
NATURAL HISTORY AND GEOLOGY
COUNTRIES VISITED DURING THE VOYAGE
ROUND THE WORLD OF H.M.S. 'BEAGLE'
UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN FITZ ROY, R.N.
BY CHARLES DARWIN, M.A., F.R.S.
AUTHOR OF 'ORIGIN OF SPECIES,' ETC.
(PLATE 1. H.M.S. BEAGLE UNDER FULL SAIL, VIEW FROM ASTERN.)
A NEW EDITION
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY R.T. PRITCHETT OF PLACES VISITED AND
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET
CHARLES LYELL, ESQ., F.R.S.,
This second edition is dedicated with grateful pleasure, as an
acknowledgment that the chief part of whatever scientific merit
this journal and the other works of the author may possess, has
been derived from studying the well-known and admirable
PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY.
PREFATORY NOTICE TO THE ILLUSTRATED EDITION.
This work was described, on its first appearance, by a writer in
the "Quarterly Review" as "One of the most interesting narratives
of voyaging that it has fallen to our lot to take up, and one which
must always occupy a distinguished place in the history of
This prophecy has been amply verified by experience; the
extraordinary minuteness and accuracy of Mr. Darwin's observations,
combined with the charm and simplicity of his descriptions, have
ensured the popularity of this book with all classes of
readers - and that popularity has even increased in recent years. No
attempt, however, has hitherto been made to produce an illustrated
edition of this valuable work: numberless places and objects are
mentioned and described, but the difficulty of obtaining authentic
and original representations of them drawn for the purpose has
never been overcome until now.
Most of the views given in this work are from sketches made on the
spot by Mr. Pritchett, with Mr. Darwin's book by his side. Some
few of the others are taken from engravings which Mr. Darwin had
himself selected for their interest as illustrating his voyage, and
which have been kindly lent by his son.
Mr. Pritchett's name is well known in connection with the voyages
of the "Sunbeam" and "Wanderer," and it is believed that the
illustrations, which have been chosen and verified with the utmost
care and pains, will greatly add to the value and interest of the
"VOYAGE OF A NATURALIST."
I have stated in the preface to the first Edition of this work, and
in the "Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle," that it was in
consequence of a wish expressed by Captain Fitz Roy, of having some
scientific person on board, accompanied by an offer from him of
giving up part of his own accommodations, that I volunteered my
services, which received, through the kindness of the hydrographer,
Captain Beaufort, the sanction of the Lords of the Admiralty. As I
feel that the opportunities which I enjoyed of studying the Natural
History of the different countries we visited have been wholly due
to Captain Fitz Roy, I hope I may here be permitted to repeat my
expression of gratitude to him; and to add that, during the five
years we were together, I received from him the most cordial
friendship and steady assistance. Both to Captain Fitz Roy and to
all the Officers of the "Beagle" I shall ever feel most thankful
for the undeviating kindness with which I was treated during our
long voyage. (Preface/1. I must take this opportunity of returning
my sincere thanks to Mr. Bynoe, the surgeon of the "Beagle," for
his very kind attention to me when I was ill at Valparaiso.)
This volume contains, in the form of a Journal, a history of our
voyage, and a sketch of those observations in Natural History and
Geology, which I think will possess some interest for the general
reader. I have in this edition largely condensed and corrected some
parts, and have added a little to others, in order to render the
volume more fitted for popular reading; but I trust that
naturalists will remember that they must refer for details to the
larger publications which comprise the scientific results of the
Expedition. The "Zoology of the Voyage of the 'Beagle'" includes an
account of the Fossil Mammalia, by Professor Owen; of the Living
Mammalia, by Mr. Waterhouse; of the Birds, by Mr. Gould; of the
Fish, by the Reverend L. Jenyns; and of the Reptiles, by Mr. Bell.
I have appended to the descriptions of each species an account of
its habits and range. These works, which I owe to the high talents
and disinterested zeal of the above distinguished authors, could
not have been undertaken had it not been for the liberality of the
Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, who, through the
representation of the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the
Exchequer, have been pleased to grant a sum of one thousand pounds
towards defraying part of the expenses of publication.
I have myself published separate volumes on the "Structure and
Distribution of Coral Reefs"; on the "Volcanic Islands visited
during the Voyage of the 'Beagle'"; and on the "Geology of South
America." The sixth volume of the "Geological Transactions"
contains two papers of mine on the Erratic Boulders and Volcanic
Phenomena of South America. Messrs. Waterhouse, Walker, Newman, and
White, have published several able papers on the Insects which were
collected, and I trust that many others will hereafter follow. The
plants from the southern parts of America will be given by Dr. J.
Hooker, in his great work on the Botany of the Southern Hemisphere.
The Flora of the Galapagos Archipelago is the subject of a separate
memoir by him, in the "Linnean Transactions." The Reverend
Professor Henslow has published a list of the plants collected by
me at the Keeling Islands; and the Reverend J.M. Berkeley has
described my cryptogamic plants.
I shall have the pleasure of acknowledging the great assistance
which I have received from several other naturalists in the course
of this and my other works; but I must be here allowed to return my
most sincere thanks to the Reverend Professor Henslow, who, when I
was an undergraduate at Cambridge, was one chief means of giving me
a taste for Natural History, - who, during my absence, took charge
of the collections I sent home, and by his correspondence directed
my endeavours, - and who, since my return, has constantly rendered
me every assistance which the kindest friend could offer.
DOWN, BROMLEY, KENT,
Porto Praya - Ribeira Grande - Atmospheric Dust with Infusoria
- Habits of a Sea-slug and Cuttle-fish - St. Paul's Rocks,
non-volcanic - Singular Incrustations - Insects the first
Colonists of Islands - Fernando Noronha - Bahia - Burnished
Rocks - Habits of a Diodon - Pelagic Confervae and Infusoria -
Causes of discoloured Sea.
Rio de Janeiro - Excursion north of Cape Frio - Great
Evaporation - Slavery - Botofogo Bay - Terrestrial Planariae
- Clouds on the Corcovado - Heavy Rain - Musical Frogs -
Phosphorescent insects - Elater, springing powers of - Blue
Haze - Noise made by a Butterfly - Entomology - Ants - Wasp
killing a Spider - Parasitical Spider - Artifices of an Epeira
- Gregarious Spider - Spider with an unsymmetrical web.
Monte Video - Maldonado - Excursion to R. Polanco - Lazo and
Bolas - Partridges - Absence of trees - Deer - Capybara, or
River Hog - Tucutuco - Molothrus, cuckoo-like habits -
Tyrant-flycatcher - Mocking-bird - Carrion Hawks - Tubes
formed by lightning - House struck.
Rio Negro - Estancias attacked by the Indians - Salt-Lakes -
Flamingoes - R. Negro to R. Colorado - Sacred Tree -
Patagonian Hare - Indian Families - General Rosas - Proceed to
Bahia Blanca - Sand Dunes - Negro Lieutenant - Bahia Blanca -
Saline incrustations - Punta Alta - Zorillo.
Bahia Blanca - Geology - Numerous gigantic extinct Quadrupeds
- Recent Extinction - Longevity of Species - Large Animals do
not require a luxuriant vegetation - Southern Africa - Siberian
Fossils - Two Species of Ostrich - Habits of Oven-bird -
Armadilloes - Venomous Snake, Toad, Lizard - Hybernation of
Animals - Habits of Sea-Pen - Indian Wars and Massacres -
Arrowhead - Antiquarian Relic.
Set out for Buenos Ayres - Rio Sauce - Sierra Ventana - Third
Posta - Driving Horses - Bolas - Partridges and Foxes -
Features of the country - Long-legged Plover - Teru-tero -
Hail-storm - Natural enclosures in the Sierra Tapalguen - Flesh
of Puma - Meat Diet - Guardia del Monte - Effects of cattle on
the Vegetation - Cardoon - Buenos Ayres - Corral where cattle
Excursion to St. Fe - Thistle Beds - Habits of the Bizcacha -
Little Owl - Saline streams - Level plains - Mastodon - St.
Fe - Change in landscape - Geology - Tooth of extinct Horse -
Relation of the Fossil and recent Quadrupeds of North and South
America - Effects of a great drought - Parana - Habits of the
Jaguar - Scissor-beak - Kingfisher, Parrot, and Scissor-tail -
Revolution - Buenos Ayres - State of Government.
Excursion to Colonia del Sacramiento - Value of an Estancia -
Cattle, how counted - Singular breed of Oxen - Perforated
pebbles - Shepherd-dogs - Horses broken-in, Gauchos riding -
Character of Inhabitants - Rio Plata - Flocks of Butterflies -
Aeronaut Spiders - Phosphorescence of the Sea - Port Desire -
Guanaco - Port St. Julian - Geology of Patagonia - Fossil
gigantic Animal - Types of Organisation constant - Change in
the Zoology of America - Causes of Extinction.
Santa Cruz - Expedition up the River - Indians - Immense
streams of basaltic lava - Fragments not transported by the
river - Excavation of the valley - Condor, habits of -
Cordillera - Erratic boulders of great size - Indian relics -
Return to the ship - Falkland Islands - Wild horses, cattle,
rabbits - Wolf-like fox - Fire made of bones - Manner of
hunting wild cattle - Geology - Streams of stones - Scenes of
violence - Penguin - Geese - Eggs of Doris - Compound
Tierra del Fuego, first arrival - Good Success Bay - An account
of the Fuegians on board - Interview with the savages - Scenery
of the forests - Cape Horn - Wigwam Cove - Miserable condition
of the savages - Famines - Cannibals - Matricide - Religious
feelings - Great Gale - Beagle Channel - Ponsonby Sound -
Build wigwams and settle the Fuegians - Bifurcation of the
Beagle Channel - Glaciers - Return to the Ship - Second visit
in the Ship to the Settlement - Equality of condition amongst
Strait of Magellan - Port Famine - Ascent of Mount Tarn -
Forests - Edible fungus - Zoology - Great Seaweed - Leave
Tierra del Fuego - Climate - Fruit-trees and productions of the
southern coasts - Height of snow-line on the Cordillera -
Descent of glaciers to the sea - Icebergs formed - Transportal
of boulders - Climate and productions of the Antarctic Islands
- Preservation of frozen carcasses - Recapitulation.
Valparaiso - Excursion to the foot of the Andes - Structure of
the land - Ascend the Bell of Quillota - Shattered masses of
greenstone - Immense valleys - Mines - State of miners -
Santiago - Hot-baths of Cauquenes - Gold-mines -
Grinding-mills - Perforated stones - Habits of the Puma - El
Turco and Tapacolo - Humming-birds.
Chiloe - General aspect - Boat excursion - Native Indians -
Castro - Tame fox - Ascend San Pedro - Chonos Archipelago -
Peninsula of Tres Montes - Granitic range - Boat-wrecked
sailors - Low's Harbour - Wild potato - Formation of peat -
Myopotamus, otter and mice - Cheucau and Barking-bird -
Opetiorhynchus - Singular character of ornithology - Petrels.
San Carlos, Chiloe - Osorno in eruption, contemporaneously with
Aconcagua and Coseguina - Ride to Cucao - Impenetrable forests
- Valdivia - Indians - Earthquake - Concepcion - Great
earthquake - Rocks fissured - Appearance of the former towns -
The sea black and boiling - Direction of the vibrations -
Stones twisted round - Great Wave - Permanent Elevation of the
land - Area of volcanic phenomena - The connection between the
elevatory and eruptive forces - Cause of earthquakes - Slow
elevation of mountain-chains.
Valparaiso - Portillo Pass - Sagacity of mules -
Mountain-torrents - Mines, how discovered - Proofs of the
gradual elevation of the Cordillera - Effect of snow on rocks -
Geological structure of the two main ranges, their distinct
origin and upheaval - Great subsidence - Red snow - Winds -
Pinnacles of snow - Dry and clear atmosphere - Electricity -
Pampas - Zoology of the opposite sides of the Andes - Locusts
- Great Bugs - Mendoza - Uspallata Pass - Silicified trees
buried as they grew - Incas Bridge - Badness of the passes
exaggerated - Cumbre - Casuchas - Valparaiso.
Coast-road to Coquimbo - Great loads carried by the miners -
Coquimbo - Earthquake - Step-formed terraces - Absence of
recent deposits - Contemporaneousness of the Tertiary formations
- Excursion up the valley - Road to Guasco - Deserts - Valley
of Copiapo - Rain and Earthquakes - Hydrophobia - The
Despoblado - Indian ruins - Probable change of climate -
River-bed arched by an earthquake - Cold gales of wind - Noises
from a hill - Iquique - Salt alluvium - Nitrate of soda -
Lima - Unhealthy country - Ruins of Callao, overthrown by an
earthquake - Recent subsidence - Elevated shells on San
Lorenzo, their decomposition - Plain with embedded shells and
fragments of pottery - Antiquity of the Indian Race.
Galapagos Archipelago - The whole group volcanic - Number of
craters - Leafless bushes - Colony at Charles Island - James
Island - Salt-lake in crater - Natural history of the group -
Ornithology, curious finches - Reptiles - Great tortoises,
habits of - Marine lizard, feeds on seaweed - Terrestrial
lizard, burrowing habits, herbivorous - Importance of reptiles
in the Archipelago - Fish, shells, insects - Botany - American
type of organisation - Differences in the species or races on
different islands - Tameness of the birds - Fear of man an
Pass through the Low Archipelago - Tahiti - Aspect -
Vegetation on the mountains - View of Eimeo - Excursion into
the interior - Profound ravines - Succession of waterfalls -
Number of wild useful plants - Temperance of the inhabitants -
Their moral state - Parliament convened - New Zealand - Bay of
Islands - Hippahs - Excursion to Waimate - Missionary
establishment - English weeds now run wild - Waiomio - Funeral
of a New Zealand woman - Sail for Australia.
Sydney - Excursion to Bathurst - Aspect of the woods - Party
of natives - Gradual extinction of the aborigines - Infection
generated by associated men in health - Blue Mountains - View
of the grand gulf-like valleys - Their origin and formation -
Bathurst, general civility of the lower orders - State of
Society - Van Diemen's Land - Hobart Town - Aborigines all
banished - Mount Wellington - King George's Sound - Cheerless
aspect of the country - Bald Head, calcareous casts of branches
of trees - Party of natives - Leave Australia.
Keeling Island - Singular appearance - Scanty Flora -
Transport of seeds - Birds and insects - Ebbing and flowing
springs - Fields of dead coral - Stones transported in the
roots of trees - Great crab - Stinging corals - Coral-eating
fish - Coral formations - Lagoon islands or atolls - Depth at
which reef-building corals can live - Vast areas interspersed
with low coral islands - Subsidence of their foundations -
Barrier-reefs - Fringing-reefs - Conversion of fringing-reefs
into barrier-reefs, and into atolls - Evidence of changes in
level - Breaches in barrier-reefs - Maldiva atolls, their
peculiar structure - Dead and submerged reefs - Areas of
subsidence and elevation - Distribution of volcanoes -
Subsidence slow and vast in amount.
Mauritius, beautiful appearance of - Great crateriform ring of
mountains - Hindoos - St. Helena - History of the changes in
the vegetation - Cause of the extinction of land-shells -
Ascension - Variation in the imported rats - Volcanic bombs -
Beds of infusoria - Bahia, Brazil - Splendour of tropical
scenery - Pernambuco - Singular reefs - Slavery - Return to
England - Retrospect on our voyage.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
FRONTISPIECE. H.M.S. "BEAGLE" IN STRAITS OF MAGELLAN. MT.
SARMIENTO IN THE DISTANCE.
PLATE 1. H.M.S. "BEAGLE" UNDER FULL SAIL, VIEW FROM ASTERN.
PLATE 2. H.M.S. "BEAGLE": MIDDLE SECTION FORE AND AFT, UPPER
PLATE 3. FERNANDO NORONHA.
PLATE 4. INCRUSTATION OF SHELLY SAND.
PLATE 5. DIODON MACULATUS (Distended and Contracted).
PLATE 6. PELAGIC CONFERVAE.
PLATE 7. CATAMARAN (BAHIA).
PLATE 8. BOTOFOGO BAY, RIO DE JANEIRO.
PLATE 9. VAMPIRE BAT (Desmodus D'Orbigny).
PLATE 10. VIRGIN FOREST.
PLATE 11. CABBAGE PALM.
PLATE 12. MANDIOCA OR CASSAVA.
PLATE 13. RIO DE JANEIRO.
PLATE 14. DARWIN'S PAPILIO FERONIA, 1833, NOW CALLED AGERONIA
PLATE 15. HYDROCHAERUS CAPYBARA OR WATER-HOG.
PLATE 16. RECADO OR SURCINGLE OF GAUCHO.
PLATE 17. HALT AT A PULPERIA ON THE PAMPAS.
PLATE 18. EL CARMEN, OR PATAGONES, RIO NEGRO.
PLATE 19. BRAZILIAN WHIPS, HOBBLES, AND SPURS.
PLATE 20. BRINGING IN A PRISONER.
PLATE 21. IRREGULAR TROOPS.
PLATE 22. SKINNING UJI OR WATER SERPENTS.
PLATE 23. RHEA DARWINII (Avestruz Petise).
PLATE 24. LANDING AT BUENOS AYRES.
PLATE 25. MATE POTS AND BAMBILLIO.
PLATE 26. GIANT THISTLE OF PAMPAS.
PLATE 27. CYNARA CARDUNCULUS OR CARDOON.
PLATE 28. EVENING CAMP, BUENOS AYRES.
PLATE 29. ROZARIO.
PLATE 30. PARANA RIVER.
PLATE 31. TOXODON PLATENSIS. (Found at Saladillo.)
PLATE 32. FOSSIL TOOTH OF HORSE. (From Bahia Blanca.)
PLATE 33. MYLODON.
PLATE 34. HEAD OF SCISSOR-BEAK.
PLATE 35. RHYNCHOPS NIGRA, OR SCISSOR-BEAK.
PLATE 36. BUENOS AYRES BULLOCK-WAGGONS.
PLATE 37. FUEGIANS AND WIGWAMS.
PLATE 38. OPUNTIA DARWINII.
PLATE 39. RAISED BEACHES, PATAGONIA.
PLATE 40. LADIES' COMBS, BANDA ORIENTAL.
PLATE 41. CONDOR (Sarcorhamphus gryphus).
PLATE 42. BASALTIC GLEN, SANTA CRUZ.
PLATE 43. BERKELEY SOUND, FALKLAND ISLANDS.
PLATE 44. YORK MINSTER (Bearing south 66 degrees east.)
PLATE 45. CAPE HORN.
PLATE 46. CAPE HORN (Another view).
PLATE 47. BAD WEATHER, MAGELLAN STRAITS.
PLATE 48. FUEGIAN BASKET AND BONE WEAPONS.
PLATE 49. FALSE HORN, CAPE HORN.
PLATE 50. WOLLASTON ISLAND, TIERRA DEL FUEGO.
PLATE 51. PATAGONIANS FROM CAPE GREGORY.
PLATE 52. PORT FAMINE, MAGELLAN.
PLATE 53. PATAGONIAN BOLAS.
PLATE 54. PATAGONIAN SPURS AND PIPE.
PLATE 55. CYTTARIA DARWINII.
PLATE 56. EYRE SOUND.
PLATE 57. GLACIER IN GULF OF PENAS.
PLATE 58. FLORA OF MAGELLAN.
PLATE 59. MACROCYSTIS PYRIFERA, OR MAGELLAN KELP.
PLATE 60. TROCHILUS FORFICATUS.
PLATE 61. HACIENDA, CONDOR, CACTUS, ETC.
PLATE 62. CHILIAN MINER.
PLATE 63. CACTUS (Cereus Peruviana).
PLATE 64. CORDILLERAS FROM SANTIAGO DE CHILE.
PLATE 65. CHILIAN SPURS, STIRRUP, ETC.
PLATE 66. OLD CHURCH, CASTRO, CHILOE.
PLATE 67. INSIDE CHONOS ARCHIPELAGO.
PLATE 68. GUNNERA SCABRA, CHILOE.
PLATE 69. ANTUCO VOLCANO, NEAR TALCAHUANO.
PLATE 70. PANORAMIC VIEW OF COAST, CHILOE.
PLATE 71. INSIDE ISLAND OF CHILOE. SAN CARLOS.
PLATE 72. HIDE BRIDGE, SANTIAGO DE CHILE.
PLATE 73. CHILENOS.
PLATE 74. SOUTH AMERICAN BIT.
PLATE 75. BRIDGE OF THE INCAS, USPALLATA PASS.
PLATE 76. LIMA AND SAN LORENZO.
PLATE 77. COQUIMBO, CHILE.
PLATE 78. HUACAS, PERUVIAN POTTERY.
PLATE 79. TESTUDO ABINGDONII, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS.
PLATE 80. GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO.
PLATE 81. FINCHES FROM GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO.
PLATE 82. AMBLYRHYNCHUS CRISTATUS.
PLATE 83. OPUNTIA GALAPAGEIA.
PLATE 84. AVA OR KAVA (Macropiper methysticum), TAHITI.
PLATE 85. EIMEO AND BARRIER-REEF.
PLATE 86. FATAHUA FALL, TAHITI.
PLATE 87. TAHITIAN.
PLATE 88. HIPPAH, NEW ZEALAND.
PLATE 89. SYDNEY, 1835.
PLATE 90. HOBART TOWN AND MOUNT WELLINGTON.
PLATE 91. AUSTRALIAN GROUP OF WEAPONS AND THROWING STICKS.
PLATE 92. INSIDE AN ATOLL, KEELING ISLAND.
PLATE 93. WHITSUNDAY ISLAND.
PLATE 94. BARRIER-REEF, BOLABOLA.
PLATE 95. SECTIONS OF BARRIER-REEFS.
PLATE 96. SECTION OF CORAL-REEF.
PLATE 97. SECTION OF CORAL-REEF.
PLATE 98. BOLABOLA ISLAND.
PLATE 99. CORALS.
PLATE 100. BIRGOS LATRO, KEELING ISLAND.
PLATE 101. ST. LOUIS, MAURITIUS.
PLATE 102. ST. HELENA.
PLATE 103. CELLULAR FORMATION OF VOLCANIC BOMB.
PLATE 104. CICADA HOMOPTERA.
PLATE 105. HOMEWARD BOUND.
PLATE 106. ASCENSION. TERNS AND NODDIES.
PLATE 107. MAP OF SOUTH AMERICA.
PLATE 108. MAP OF THE WORLD, SHOWING THE TRACK OF H.M.S.
(PLATE 2. H.M.S. "BEAGLE": MIDDLE SECTION FORE AND AFT, UPPER
(PLATE 3. FERNANDO NORONHA.)
Atmospheric Dust with Infusoria.
Habits of a Sea-slug and Cuttle-fish.
St. Paul's Rocks, non-volcanic.
Insects the first Colonists of Islands.
Habits of a Diodon.
Pelagic Confervae and Infusoria.
Causes of discoloured Sea.
ST. JAGO - CAPE DE VERD ISLANDS.
After having been twice driven back by heavy south-western gales,
Her Majesty's ship "Beagle," a ten-gun brig, under the command of
Captain Fitz Roy, R.N., sailed from Devonport on the 27th of
December, 1831. The object of the expedition was to complete the
survey of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, commenced under Captain
King in 1826 to 1830 - to survey the shores of Chile, Peru, and of
some islands in the Pacific - and to carry a chain of chronometrical
measurements round the World. On the 6th of January we reached
Teneriffe, but were prevented landing, by fears of our bringing the
cholera: the next morning we saw the sun rise behind the rugged
outline of the Grand Canary Island, and suddenly illumine the Peak
of Teneriffe, whilst the lower parts were veiled in fleecy clouds.
This was the first of many delightful days never to be forgotten.
On the 16th of January 1832 we anchored at Porto Praya, in St.
Jago, the chief island of the Cape de Verd archipelago.
The neighbourhood of Porto Praya, viewed from the sea, wears a
desolate aspect. The volcanic fires of a past age, and the
scorching heat of a tropical sun, have in most places rendered the
soil unfit for vegetation. The country rises in successive steps of
table-land, interspersed with some truncate conical hills, and the
horizon is bounded by an irregular chain of more lofty mountains.
The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate,
is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and
who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut
trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness. The island
would generally be considered as very uninteresting, but to any one
accustomed only to an English landscape, the novel aspect of an
utterly sterile land possesses a grandeur which more vegetation
might spoil. A single green leaf can scarcely be discovered over
wide tracts of the lava plains; yet flocks of goats, together with