Straits of Magellan

The Straights of Magellan is the sea route that separates Tierra del Feugo from mainland South America. At 570 kilometers (350 miles) long and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) wide, it is a significant passageway that allows passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. Until the completion of the Panama Canal, it was one of three sea routes that connected the two oceans; though difficult to navigate, it was often the least dangerous of the three options.


Latitude: -53.588817200000
Longitude: -70.759749000000

Timeline of Events Associated with Straits of Magellan

Date Event Manage
Oct 1831 to Oct 1836

Darwin's voyage on the Beagle

Photograph of Charles DarwinFrom October 1831 to October 1836, Charles Darwin circumnavigated the world as ship’s naturalist on board the H.M.S. Beagle; he later published his first book based on the journal of his experiences and observations during the voyage. Image: Henry Maull and John Fox, Photograph of Charles Darwin (c. 1854). This image is in the public domain in the United States because its copyright has expired.


Nancy Armstrong, “On Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man, 24 February 1871″

Ian Duncan, “On Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle

Anna Henchman, “Charles Darwin’s Final Book on Earthworms, 1881”

Cannon Schmitt, “On the Publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, 1859″

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