Strait of Magellan

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Noun1.Strait of Magellan - the strait separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands to the south of the continent; discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520; an important route around South America before the Panama Canal was built
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It was his opinion, also, that a settlement on this extremity of America would disclose new sources of trade, promote many useful discoveries, and open a more direct communication with China and the English settlements in the East Indies, than that by the Cape of Good Hope or the Straits of Magellan. * This enterprising and intrepid traveller was twice baffled in individual efforts to accomplish this great journey.
The plains near the Straits of Magellan are inhabited by one species of Rhea (American ostrich), and northward the plains of La Plata by another species of the same genus; and not by a true ostrich or emeu, like those found in Africa and Australia under the same latitude.
"In this spot there is a submarine valley worn by Humboldt's current, which skirts the coast of America as far as the Straits of Magellan."
We had crossed the tropic of Capricorn, and the Straits of Magellan opened less than seven hundred miles to the south.
Fire was seen on the Straits of Magellan, and crews of ships and galleons used fire as signals.
This meant that while Africans and indigenous Americans were being cast as allies, the geographer and writer Richard Hakluyt felt justified in suggesting that Africans be taken to a settlement in the Straits of Magellan and there 'induced to live subject to the gentle government of the English' (p.
There were also logistical concerns, as the Panama Canal had yet to be completed; this would force the fleet to maneuver through the stormy, unpredictable currents of the Straits of Magellan.
Commerson's ship took two months just to get through the Straits of Magellan. And Commerson's assistant Jean Baret was revealed, after having crossed the South Pacific with the crew, to be a woman, Jeanne Baret.
must be the result of real sightings of the Australian continent, but these cannot be attributed to any official expedition, but rather to fishing trips from Flores, and to chance navigational mishaps by seamen from Insulindia, and to Spanish ships coming from the Straits of Magellan, or to Portuguese mestizos sailing around Timor' (p.
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His 108-minute journey around the globe took him across the Soviet republics, across the Pacific Ocean, over the Straits of Magellan in South America, above the Atlantic and Africa before re-entry and a bailout back to the ground near the city of Engels in southwest Russia.