28 July 2008

My new map of the Voyage of the Beagle (update)

On Friday I posted an inset from a new map I'm making of the Voyage of the Beagle. I've revised it since then, adding more accurate indicators of FitzRoy, Darwin and Co's overland journeys, from "Routes of CD's eight principal inland expeditions, as drawn for Nora Barlow's 1933 edition of The 'Beagle' Diary." Here is the result:

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11 comments:

Kevin Zelnio said...

This is really cool. You know what would also be cool? Make the map interactive with Darwin and Fitzroy's the journals! Put a dot on the map that corresponds to where they were when a journal entry was written. Red for Darwin, Green for Fitzroy, Yellow for both or something. When you click on the dot a little applet comes up that links to the journal entry's webpage.

Eric Heupel said...

Wow that is a great map, and Kevin's idea would really be the icing on the cake. I know my son would spend hours on an interactive map of CD's journal able to read what he wrote and see exactly where he was... his sci hist side would be bubbling over!

coturnix said...

Will you attempt to map the entire journey, from UK through Latin America, Galapagos and Australia, back to England...?

Karen James said...

Bora - yes, I am mapping the whole journey, first at low-ish resolution then at increasing resolution. There's five years of lat/long data to get through, so for now I'm sticking with the main ports of call, but even now the rest of the map looks like the inset shown here.

ed wicke said...

This is lovely... I've been reading The Voyage of the Beagle for pleasure - an old version without maps - and am relieved to find your site. Intend to enjoy a few visits here!

eddd

Ingenuity Arts said...

Just finished reading the Voyage but I see this site may have fallen into the doldrums. Great idea, though.

Karen James said...

@Ingenuity Arts, We're still here - alive and kicking!

Anonymous said...

The map is very nice and very useful. I was doing something similar, but using "paper maps" and your map is better. Thank you for your time.

However, I think that the upgrade version (2008.07.28), in some aspects, is not so good as your previous version (2008.07.25) mainly for didadict purposes. For example, the way from Port Desire (Puerto Deseado) to Port Famine (Puerto del Hambre)is by Magallanean Strait (as in the first version), but non by the earth (as in the upgrade). In this sense, I prefer the first ways. I think that other marine ways in the Magallean region also would need some minor changes.

Anyway, thank you for your both maps. They are very nice.

Andres Sanjuan

Anonymous said...

This is great.
I am reading an edition without maps, and finding it very frustrating!
Wondering what the progress on the rest of the voayage has been?

Sam Ramji said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful map! You didn't indicate how you wanted to be attributed, so I'm going to use "Karen James - The Beagle Project Blog". I hope that works for you!

Karen James said...

Thanks, Sam. That works, and a link to this post would be great too.