Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America and is comprised of deserts, pampas, and grasslands. The region is shared by present-day Argentina and Chile. Though it is sparsely populated today, researchers trace human habitation back to at least the tenth millennium BCE. The area was first fully explored by Europeans by Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition in 1520. Charles Darwin spent notable time investigating the area on two expeditions, one from 1826–1830 and one from 1832–1836.


Latitude: -41.810147200000
Longitude: -68.906268900000

Timeline of Events Associated with Patagonia

Date Event Manage
Oct 1831 to Oct 1836

Darwin's voyage on the Beagle

Photograph of Charles DarwinFrom October 1831 to October 1836, Charles Darwin circumnavigated the world as ship’s naturalist on board the H.M.S. Beagle; he later published his first book based on the journal of his experiences and observations during the voyage. Image: Henry Maull and John Fox, Photograph of Charles Darwin (c. 1854). This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Nancy Armstrong, “On Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, 24 February 1871″

Ian Duncan, “On Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

Anna Henchman, “Charles Darwin’s Final Book on Earthworms, 1881”

Cannon Schmitt, “On the Publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, 1859″

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