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Historical Materials from Southern Patagonia
Narrative of Four Voyages (extract), 1823
a North American adventurer meets the canoe people of the Strait of Magellan
Journal -- May 1823:    10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18 

May 17th. — We left Indian Sound on Friday, the 16th, at seven o'clock, A. M., as before stated, and laid our course across the strait towards the Land of Fire. On the following day, at seven, P. M., we were close in with the southern shore, when the wind hauled round to the south-south-west. Having relinquished the hope of finding any die-woods in this strait, although there are other woods of great value, I concluded to make the best of our way to the Pacific Ocean. We had now a fine breeze off-shore, and light snow-squalls during the night. At daylight we were about five miles to the eastward of Cape Pillar, which forms the north-western extremity of Terra del Fuego, in the Pacific Ocean.

Source: "Narrative of Four Voyages", Capt. Benjamin Morrell Jr., New York, 1832
Transcribed: April 2007