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Travel books: History of Galapagos, tips for traveling women

Travel books: History of Galapagos, tips for traveling women

"The Galapagos: A Natural History" Basic Books, $27.99 The 13 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago lie off the west coast of South America. Author Henry Nicholls, an ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust and the editor of its magazine, Galapagos Matters, refers to the history of the Galapagos as rather strange, given that the modern history of the islands begins with the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The island group was a perfect place, the U.S. government maintained, for a military base from which to defend the crucial Panama Canal. Today, though, the Galapagos is better known for more peaceful reasons, specifically its unique wildlife. More than 4,000...

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