“From our boat nothing within the horizon was to be seen but flat beds of mud;...The day was not very clear... rushes looked like bushes supported in the air by nothing & water like mud banks & mud banks like water.
“Our reception here was not very cordial...
“The Settlement is seated on a dead level turf plain, it contains about 400 inhabitants. ..
“At night I was much exhausted, as it was 12 hours since I had eaten anything.”
Charles Darwin The Journal of a Voyage in H.M.S. Beagle
September 7th 1832