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Puerto Toro, Chile

Puerto Toro, founded 1892 by Governor of Punta Arenas Senoret is a hamlet on the eastern coast of Navarino Island, Chile. It belongs to the Commune of Cabo de Hornos, in Antartica Chilena Province of Magallanes y Antartica Chilena Region. Excluding research stations in Antarctica, Puerto Toro is the southernmost permanently inhabited community on the globe, located at and some 3,900 km off the South Pole. Puerto Toro is inhabited by 36 people according to INE's 2002 census, including fishermen and their families.

Over a hundred years ago, Puerto Toro was one of the most important towns in the region of the Beagle Channel as a result of "gold fever." Once interest in exploring for gold passed, however, Puerto Toro's importance diminished. Today, Puerto Toro is known for "centolla," the prized southern king crab.

See also

Southernmost settlements

External links

Comuna de Cabo de Hornos / Commune of Cabo de Hornos official website

Short Documentary about Puerto Toro / youtube

Map of southern Chile, showing Puerto Toro

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