Magellan, Strait of


Ma·gel·lan, Strait of

geographical name \mə-ˈje-lən, chiefly British -ˈge-\

Definition of MAGELLAN, STRAIT OF

strait 350 miles (563 kilometers) long at S end of S. America between mainland & Tierra del Fuego (Archipelago)

Magellan, Strait of

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Strait, linking the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, between the southern tip of South America and Tierra del Fuego. It extends westward from the Atlantic between Cape Vírgenes and Cape Espíritu Santo and curves northwest at Froward Cape to reach the Pacific. Lying mostly within Chilean territorial waters, it is about 350 mi (560 km) long and 2–20 mi (3–32 km) wide. Named for Spanish navigator Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to pass there (1520), it remained an important shipping route until the Panama Canal opened in 1914.

Variants of MAGELLAN, STRAIT OF

Magellan, Strait of Spanish Estrecho de Magallanes

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