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Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle

Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle



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Galapagos Admiralty map by Fitzroy Beagle

Admiralty map of Galapagos 1845 resulting from Captain Robert Fitzroys Beagle charts, overlain with a portion of a letter written by Fitzroy. Robert Fitzroy (b. 5 July 1805- d. 30 April 1865) was famous as the captain of HMS Beagle who, requiring a Gentlemans companion to avert the risk of depression and suicide, took the young Charles Darwin on his voyage. Darwin respected the captain while at the same time fearing Fitzroy would always be his own worst enemy. After his trip Darwin referred to the Galapagos (and also South American megafauna fossils) as being the origin of all his views. Fitzroy is also remembered for his contributions to meteorology (he pioneered weather forecasting) and as a Governor of New Zealand from 1843-1845. Fitzroy committed suicide at 59, but the charts he produced continued to be used up to the second World War

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This print showcases the Galapagos Admiralty map created by Fitzroy Beagle in 1845. The intricate map, a result of Captain Robert Fitzroy's extensive charting during his voyage on HMS Beagle, is overlain with a portion of a letter written by Fitzroy himself. Robert Fitzroy, renowned as the captain who took Charles Darwin as his companion to combat depression and suicide risks, left an indelible mark on history. Darwin held immense respect for Fitzroy while simultaneously fearing that he would always be his own worst enemy. It was after visiting the Galapagos Islands and studying South American megafauna fossils that Darwin proclaimed them to be the origin of all his views. Fitzroy's contributions extended beyond their voyage together; he also made significant advancements in meteorology and pioneered weather forecasting techniques. Additionally, he served as Governor of New Zealand from 1843 to 1845. Tragically, at the age of 59, Fitzroy succumbed to his inner demons and committed suicide. However, his meticulously crafted charts continued to be utilized until World War II. In this thought-provoking artwork captured by Paul D. Stewart for Science Photo Library, we are reminded not only of the scientific achievements associated with this historical figure but also of the profound impact mental health can have on even those deemed successful and accomplished.

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