Cape Horn

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Cape Horn is a promontory at the southern tip of South America, located on Isla Hornos, a small island considered to be part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The fierce storms and raging seas that are a feature of the local environment have made 'rounding the Horn' between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans a fearsome undertaking for sailors.

It was named in 1616 after Hoorn, the Dutch home town of Willem Cornelisz Schouten one of the captains of an expedition looking for a route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans without using the treacherous Strait of Magellan.

Cape Horn is part of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region in Chile.

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