Strait of Magellan
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Argentina from the mainland of the continent of South America. Ferdinand Magellan's expedition that circumnavigated the globe discovered this passageway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in 1520. This Strait is important because it provided a relatively safe, while still dangerous, passage through the dangerous and tricky waters surrounding the tip of South America, although the Panama Canal has eliminated the need for its use.