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Where are the Galapagos Islands?

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The Galapagos Islands

Everyone has heard of the Galapagos Islands, but almost no one can tell you exactly where they are. Exactly where are the Galapagos Islands?

Where are the Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago (set of islands) West of South America approximately along the equator:

where are the Galapagos Islands

We can zoom in on the above map, and we see that the islands are about 500 miles west of Ecuador:

where are the Galapagos Islands - west of South America

About 25,000 people live on the Galapagos Islands. There are 13 main islands and 3 smaller islands:

the Galapagos Islands are west of Equador

People speak Spanish on these islands, which belong to the country of Equador.

Some fun facts about the Galapagos Islands:

  • These islands first appeared on maps in about 1570
  • One of the islands is named Darwin Island, where the inspiration for Darwin's Evolution of Species was inspired
  • Until the 1800s, the Galapagos Islands were a pirate hideout
  • In 1807-1809, there was the first permanent resident of the islands. He was a marooned Irish sailor, like Robinson Crusoe.
  • Ecuador added the Galapagos Islands to their land in 1832
  • The Galapagos Islands are located on both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

    That about more than sums up what you need to know to answer the question Where are the Galapagos Islands?

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