Charles Darwin Finally Gets Permission From His Father to Sail on the Beagle Hot

Charles Darwin Finally Gets Permission From His Father to Sail on the Beagle

Charles Darwin, 1854

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Charles Darwin's father finally gives permission for him to sail on the Beagle. Robert Darwin regards it as a waste of time, but his brother-in-law, Josiah Wedgwood, convinces him that it would be good for Charles.

The trip was originally the idea of John Stevens Henslow, a botany professor and mentor of Darwin.

Henslow thought that Darwin could self-fund the trip and while acting as a companion to captain Robert FitzRoy expand his education of the natural world.

It's not yet a certainty, though, that Charles Darwin will be on the Beagle, scheduled to depart in four weeks on an expedition to chart the coastline of South America. He still has to get the approval of captain Fitzroy.

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