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: The Voyage of the Beagle is book written by Charles Darwin and published in 1839 as his Journal and Remarks, bringing him considerable fame and respect While the expedition was originally planned to last two years, it lasted almost fiveÃ¢ÂÂthe Beagle did not return until 2 October 1836. Darwin spent most of this time exploring on land (three years and three months on land, 18 months at sea). The book is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin's keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were exploring and charting the whole world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places and locations rather than by date. Darwin's notes made during the voyage include comments illustrating his changing views at a time when he was developing his theory of evolution by natural selection and includes some suggestions of his ideas, particularly in the second edition of 1845.