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Capital: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Language: Spanish

Surface: 8,000 sq Km2

Population: 30,000 approximately

Galapagos Islands, Bartolome

Brief History

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

as a National Park.

1978: UNESCO recognizes archipelago as World Heritage Site.

1986: surrounding ocean designated as a Marine Reserve.

2001: World Heritage Site expanded to include Marine Reserve.

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