Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2013

Why was Darwin’s visit to Rio de Janeiro important?

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On April 4th, 1832, the beagle arrived in Rio de Janeiro. For ten weeks, while FitzRoy on the beagle upgraded British chats of the Brazilian coast. Darwin lived in a cottage on BotofogoBay at Rio de Jeneiro. While in that cottage, Darwin studied mud-dauber wasps which made clay, and then stuffed them ‘full of half- dead spiders and caterpillars’. He also saw a fight between a wasp and a spider that helped him understand the struggle for survival’.
Darwin wrote about the frogs, and’ a pleasing chirp’ of crickets he hard there at night. He also roamed all around the nearby countryside. Darwin collected many specimens of plants and insects during a trek up the coast- and his collection exceeded anything he ever dreamed of.

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