A shipwrecked Irishman, Patrick Watkins, washed up on the shore of this southern island in the late 1700s and became the Galapagos' first human resident. And that's just the beginning of the colorful history of Floreana, also known as Isla Santa Maria.
It was colonized by Ecuadorians in 1832 and became a penal colony late in the 19th century. In the 1930s, three groups of eccentric Germans arrived, including a baroness and several of her lovers, all of whom disappeared or died under mysteriou... Subscribe to travel42 to read the full Destination Guide. travel42 offers professionally written guides on more than 5,700 travel destinations and ports-of-call worldwide. Go to travel-42.com to learn more, or call 1.866.566.8136 to subscribe. Copyright (c) 2016 Northstar Travel Media, LLC. travel42.