- n. Madeira (archipelago).
“Rising in the eastern Atlantic, four hundred miles west of Morocco, the Madeiras are a pair of tiny islands, Porto Santo and the namesake Madeira, of which the larger and ecologically more rich is the latter.”
“The first ventures of the Portuguese were naturally in the lands near by, the North African coast and the islands known as the Madeiras and the Azores.”
“Focusing particularly on the subject of islands, Lyell made more than a hundred pages of notes about the distribution of animals and plants on the Azores, the Madeiras, the Canaries, Saint Helena, New Zealand, and other places, including the Galápagos.”
“Cook had seen New Zealand and Tahiti, among others, and the same logistical imperatives had made the Azores, the Madeiras, the Canaries, and the Mascarenes familiar to European mariners therefore also to European science at an early stage.”
“He began filling it with data from the Canaries, from the Madeiras, from his readings and correspondence about island biogeography; packing it with insular snails, insular beetles, insular plants, and other closely allied species coincident in space and time.”
“THE FLIGHTLESS beetles of the Madeiras play a curious role in The Origin of Species.”
“And what about the land snails of the Madeiras, four hundred miles off the coast of Morocco?”
“The flightless beetles of the Madeiras are descended from species that made their dispersal to those islands by wing.”
“The following day we saw the Salvages, a cluster of rocks which are placed between the Madeiras and Canary”
“And, indeed, within an hour after that the wind arose at the north-north-west, wherewith they hoist sail, and put out, even into the main sea, so that within few days, passing by Porto Sancto and by the Madeiras, they went ashore in the Canary Islands.”
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