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Le Maire Strait

The Le Maire Strait (Estrecho de le Maire) is a sea passage between Isla de los Estados and the eastern extremity of the Argentine portion of Tierra del Fuego.

Jacob Le Maire and Willem Schouten discovered the strait in 1616, while attempting to find a navigation link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and shortly before their discovery of Cape Horn. The strait was named in honor of Le Maire. The La Maire Strait has been Argentine controlled, but has been a historical access route for Chilean vessels, under international maritime law.

The Magellanic Penguin is found in the Le Maire Strait; this penguin has a breeding colony on Isla de los Estados, the location of one of the more southerly Atlantic breeding colonies of the Magellanic Penguin.

See also

Garcia de Nodal expedition

Jacob Le Maire


C. Michael Hogan. 2008. Magellanic Penguin, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg

Michael A. Morris. 1989. The Strait of Magellan, page 90 of 237 pages

External links

Satellite image from Google Maps

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