History of Patagonia II
Beautifully embracing a part of Argentina and Chile, there is one of nature’s most picturesque lands popularly known as “Patagonia”. Located in the southern tip of South America, Patagonia has a rich and vibrant history. The virgin lands with multihued sunsets have never failed to amaze and fascinate its visitors. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Patagonia, then you have not yet witnessed one of the most majestic creations of Mother Nature.
Patagonia essentially consists of two parts i.e. the Argentine Patagonia and the Chilean Patagonia. Rio Negro, Santa Cruz, Chubut and Neuquenprovinces are a part of the Argentine Patagonia. The eastern half of Tierra del Fuego is also a part of the Argentine Patagonia. The western half ofTierra del Fuego, Valdivia, Puerto Montt, Chiloe, Monte Verde and Cape Horn are a part of the Chilean Patagonia. Patagonia integrates the majestic Andes Mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the Colorado River and the Atlantic Ocean seamlessly and thereby comes to the forefront as one of the most stunning creation of nature.
Patagonia was discovered in the 1520’s by the famous European explorerFerdinand Magellan. Magellan bestowed the name “Patagonia” to the land as the indigenous people of the land were much taller than what Europeans were commonly known to be. As a result, he chose the word “Patagon” that meant “giants” and thus the place came to be known as “Patagonia”.
Although officially discovered in the year 1520, there is historical evidence of Pre-Columbian Patagonia too dating back to 10,000 BC. Several excavations have proven that there was inhabitation on these lands. Caves in southPatagonia and the Andes Mountains have shown animal remains that validate these claims. Santa Cruz has the renowned cave “Cueva de las Manos” that bears some hand imprints that date back to 8000 BC. The natives of this area were known as “Tehuelches” who became nearly extinct when they came in contact with Europeans and gradually adapted their lifestyle, body language and an amalgamation occurred.
Later in 1535 Rodrigo de Isla happened to be the pioneer in crossing the land of Patagonia. Many explorers came and visited this amazing land and made major contribution to unveiling its mysteries and forming newer provinces over the years. During your visit to Patagonia you can experience the abyssal valleys, austere volcanoes, clear lakes, snow covered peaks and majestic glaciers. Patagonia promises to be the most ethereal landscape you would witness.