Galapagos history

Galapagos Islands

Information
Facts
Archipelago
History
Geography
Weather
Darwin Foundation
Research Station
Marine Reserve
National Park
Plants
Map
More...

Tours

Galapagos Odyssey
Galapagos Christmas
Wildlife Odyssey
Galapagos Multisport

Activities

Scuba diving
Snorkeling
Sailing
Birding
Kayaking
Surfing
More...

Cruises

Galapagos Explorer
Alta
Beluga
Coral I
More...

Wildlife

Reptiles
Aquatic mammals
Birds
Marine life

History of the Galapagos Islands


The man after who's adventures in Juan Fernandez Islands inspired Daniel Defoe to write Robinson Crusoe.

Alexander Selkirk, visited the Galapagos in 1708 after he was picked up from Juan Fernandez by the privateer Woodes Rogers, while Rogers was refitting his ships in the islands after sacking Guayaquil.

Galapagos sea lions

The first scientific mission to the Galapagos arrived in 1790 under the leadership of Alessandro Malaspina, a Sicilian captain whose expedition was sponsored by the King of Spain. However, the records of the expedition were lost.

In 1793, James Collnet made a description of the flora and fauna of Galapagos and suggested that the islands could be used as base for the whalers operating in the Pacific Ocean.

Galapagos sally light foot crab

He also draw the first accurate navigation charts of the islands. Whalers killed and captured thousands of the Galapagos tortoises to extract their fat.

The tortoises could also be kept on board ship as a means of providing of fresh protein as these animals could survive for several months on board without any food or water.

The hunting of the tortoises was responsible for greatly diminishing and in some cases eliminating certain races. Along with whalers came the fur-seal hunters who brought the population of this animal close to extinction.

Galapagos Islands history
»
Galapagos Islands tours
Galapagos Islands lizards video
Galapagos Islands wildlife video
Site map | About us | Contact us | Affiliate program | Advertising | List your business
Galapagos Islands Copyright © darwinadventure.com 2004 - 2010