Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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The Visit of Charles Darwin


The "Beagle" called at Ascension Island in 1836 near the end of a voyage which had lasted nearly five years.


Charles Darwin spent some time ashore and visited several geologically interesting sites, including the Devil's Riding School where he found, and later wrote about "Devil's Eyeballs", lumps of hard rock with a soft calcareous outer coating that was acquired as they rolled around the bottom of the lake that once filled the crater.

Back home in England, Darwin devoted the rest of his life to writing up his researches made on the voyage. His many books include not only the famous "Origin of Species" and "Descent of Man, but also "Geological Observations on the Volcanic Island", which contained a 40-page chapter on Ascension Island.


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Last revised on the 9th of July 2000