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