How Patagonia became populated

Patagonia is one of the less populated regions in the world. There are certain areas where the demographic density is less than one inhabitant per square kilometer. This fact poses a contradiction: on one hand it is an advantage since…
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Aborigin Overview

Different indigenous races inhabited Patagonia thousands of years before the arrival of the Spaniards.  Their culture was not advanced and this is the reason why we find only a few traces of these peoples (funeral deposits, caves, cave paintings, stone…
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The Mapuche

The Mapuche (people of the earth, in their language) was one of the major aboriginal groups in Patagonia. They arrived in Patagonia Argentina from Chile, where they originated. They were collectors and hunters, but one of their most relevant feature…
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The Captain’s Experiment

In these pages we will revisit the unbelievable story of the Yámana aborigine Jemmy Button, who was kidnapped in his town of Cape Horn by the officer of the British Royal Navy, Robert Fitz Roy. Together with other three members…
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Who populated Patagonia

Patagonia is one of the less populated regions in the world There are certain areas where the demographic density is less than one inhabitant per square kilometer. History tells that the first men arrived to the southern edge of Patagonia…
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Marambio, an antarctic feat

Dreams of uniting the white territory with the continent by air became true on October 29th, 1969, when Marambio Base was founded. The mission undertaken by the Soberanía patrol is remembered as a hallmark in the Argentinean pioneering history. A…
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The Welsh in Patagonia

It was 1865, long before Argentina began to show serious intentions of conquering and colonizing the south, when a group of Welsh settled in the lands that today belong to the Province of Chubut. This story deserves its own chapter.…
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Father de Agostini

This is the profile of one of the last explorers of the Extreme South: Father Alberto María de Agostini. A link between the old explorers and the modern travelers, Father de Agostini is an example of tradition and modernity united…
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Far West Bandits

The story of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid in Patagonia could well have been taken out from a Hollywood Western production of the 50’s. However, it was not, though much talk was made about the adventures of these two legendary…
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The Patagonia name

There are several hypotheses regarding the origin of the namePatagonia. The most plausible is related to one of the tribes of aborigines who lived there, although it has nothing to do with the size of their feet! Before the arrival of the Spaniards, several indigenous groups populated the region. The yámanas, and…
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Patagonia massacre

Around 1500 strikers were shot dead during the events of the “Patagonia Trágica” (Tragic Patagonia), which began with a conflict between landowners and workers due to the dismissal of farm workers and poor working conditions. The Radical government sent a…
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Aborigines in Patagonia

Different indigenous races inhabited Patagonia thousands of years before the arrival of the Spaniards. Their lives were conditioned by a very hostile environment. Learn the details of their history and what is their current situation.
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Saint Exupéry in Patagonia

More than 100 years ago, on June 29, 1900, Antoine de Saint Exupéry was born in Lyon, France. The famous author of The Little Prince, was destined to create ties of affection, inspiration and love with Argentina, and in particular…
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Current situation of Aboriginal people

Today the aboriginal ethnic group with the most descendants in Patagonia is the Mapuche. We present you a brief summary of the living conditions and current distribution. The Mapuche indigenous population is concentrated between the central zone and the pre-Andean range in the Provinces of Neuquén, Río Negro and Chubut.…
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Travelers and Scientists

Travelers and scientists are a different, special category of explorers. They no longer seek, like their predecessors, for gold or personal wealth. Instead, they are driven by the need of knowledge and the discovery of new species in order to…
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Immigrants in Patagonia

The colonization method used by the Spanish was quite different from the one exerted in the United States, which was based upon rural colonization. In our country the model followed was one of urban colonization and, as a consequence, huge…
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Patagonia, the discovery

Patagonia: a word that transports the reader to a magic, fascinating territory. As vast as it is unknown, it is conjured up in our imagination in many different ways. It has always been a land of conquest and colonization, ever…
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Explorers, travelers and scientists

The first explorers came in from the sea. At the same time but from the north and from the Andes, other travellers and explorers began to arrive as well. Travelers and Scientists are a different, special category of explorers. They are driven by…
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Pioneers and settlers

The stories of pioneers and settlers are part of the attractions that have Patagonia. Stories of feats, men and women making up a new destiny in the last end of the world. Here we offer some. And we invite you…
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The First Explorers

It is not certain who discovered Patagonia. Some say it was Americo Vespucio during his expedition in year 1502. However, the man who first spotted the inhabitants in this land, the Patagones, was Ferdinand Magellanin 1520. Elcano, the only survivor…
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