130 x 200 x 25mm
A Journey Through South America on Horseback
This book tells of a remarkable journey - on horseback and foot - following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin in South America. In the 1930s Charles Darwin travelled on 'The Beagle' to South America, where he made many of the discoveries of fossils in the Andes and of animals unknown in Europe, that led to his theory of evolution. All of Darwin's research expeditions were made on horseback, and sometimes he rode as far as 600 miles at a stretch. Toby Green undertook to retrace (as closely as possible) these steps, travelling an amazing 9,000 miles from the tropical haze of northern Brazil, through Uruguay to the expanses of Agentinian Patagonia, up the length of Chile from the near-Arctic grandeur of Tierra del Fuego to the Atacama Desert in the north, and finally to the Galapagos Islands. Travelling mostly on horseback Toby Green set out to re-visit the places first written about by Charles Darwin, to see if they have changed and to reassess their importance in the light of 20th century developments in evolutionary theory.