1535: The Bishop of Panama, Fray Tomas de Berlanga discovered the Galapagos Islands.
1593 - 1710: The Galapagos Islands were pirates favorite hideout and supply base for water and meat.
1835: Charles Darwin studied and noted the similarities and differences of the flora and fauna.
1859: After 20 years of his life gathering supporting evidence, Darwin published "The Origin of the Species by Natural Selection".
1892: Galapagos is officially names "Archipélago de Colón" in honor of Christopher Columbus's.
1959: 97.5% of land area designated of Galapagos Islands
a National Park.
recognizes archipelago as World Heritage Site.
1986: surrounding ocean designated as
a Marine Reserve.
2001: World Heritage Site expanded to include Marine