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Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Charles Darwin visit - 175th anni.

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Territory of Australia, Indian Ocean

Charles Darwin visit to Cocos Islands 1st April 1836 (175th anniversary on 1st April 2011)

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands have held a special place in the literature on coral atolls because they represent the only atoll that Charles Darwin visited, and they played a central role in the discussion of his theory of coral reef development.

On 1 April 1836, HMS Beagle under Captain Robert FitzRoy arrived to take soundings establishing the profile of the atoll as part of the survey expedition of the Beagle.
To the young naturalist Charles Darwin, who was on the ship, the results supported a theory he had developed of how atolls formed.
He studied the natural history of the islands and collected specimens. His assistant Syms Covington noted, "an Englishman and his family, with about sixty or seventy mulattos from the Cape of Good Hope, live on one of the islands.
Captain Ross, the governor, is now absent at the Cape."


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