Galapagos in History – Human Presence
Perhaps more so than any other place in the world, the fauna of the Galapagos Islands is unique. Charles Darwin’s observations of these unique animals, their remarkable adaption to a hostile environment, and the subtle variations within races of the same species living on different islands led directly to his theory of natural selection. The theory explains how the vast multitude of species on the Earth has evolved from a simple, single-celled common ancestor. The theory remains the single most important one in biology. Thus we can look back at nearly five centuries of human contact with the Galapagos and say that, without a doubt, the most important event in the human history of the Galapagos was Darwin’s visit in 1835. Even without Darwin, though, the tale of human contact with the Galapagos is a fascinating one, and the Enchanted Islands, as the early mariners called them, have meant many things to many people from many lands.
Find below the most important historic dates regarding human presence in the Galapagos Islands.
The Galapagos history