THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
William Dampier: 1679-1707
This map clearly identifies
the Galapagos Islands; Dampier notes that they were named by the Spanish
after the tortoises there.
"I do believe
there is no place in the world, that is so plentifully stored
with these animals ... I never did see any but at this place,
that will weigh above 30 pound weight."
He also notes that:
"there are great plenty of Turtledoves so tame, that a
man may kill five or six dozen in a forenoon with a stick."
Darwin would take
an even greater interest in the place-specific aspects of these
tortoises, and also noted the tameness of the birds in his journal.
The pirate's wayward route took him from the Atlantic coast of Middle America along the northern coast of South America, and north to the coast of Virginia; Dampier eventually made his way south around the continent of South America, north to the Galapagos Islands and back to Middle America, on its Pacific coast.
Map of Middle America
from A New Voyage Round the World: London:
Printed for James Knapton, 1697.