How did Darwin become a part of the Beagle’s expedition?
The HMS Beagle went on a lengthy scientific mission several years before Darwin came into the picture. On its second voyage, Captain Fitz Roy was to command the ship. Fit z Roy wanted to take along someone with a scientific background who could explore and record observations. Inquiries were made among professors at British universities. Darwin’s former professor proposed him for the position aboard the Beagle.
Darwin was very excited at the idea but his father was against it. Other relatives convinced Darwin’s father to let him go, and during the fall of 1831, the 22-year-old Darwin made preparations to depart England to join the Beagle team.