from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southern Chile on the Strait of Magellan. Founded in the 1840s, it is the southernmost city in the world. Population: 116,000.
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- n. a city in southern Chile on the Strait of Magellan; the southernmost city in the world
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On December 13, when Sturdee was informed that Dresden was back at Punta Arenas intending to coal, the Admiralty ordered him to destroy her before she could be interned by the Chilean government.
Admiral von Spee, leaving Más Afuera on October 27, had been informed by a German port agent at Punta Arenas that a “British Queen class battleship” had been seen that day headed west through the Straits of Magellan.
The following day, Cradock sent Otranto to Punta Arenas and took the rest of his squadron to the Falklands to coal.
Bristol arrived at Punta Arenas on the afternoon of the fourteenth to find that Dresden had departed at 10: 00 the night before.
From a collier, joining him from Punta Arenas, he learned that on November 15 a British steamship had arrived in Punta Arenas from Port Stanley and reported that there were no British warships in the Falkland Islands; obviously, the steamer had departed Port Stanley before Canopus returned on November 12.
At 3: 00 a.m. on the thirteenth, Sturdee was awakened and handed a report from the Admiralty: the British consul in Punta Arenas had reported that Dresden had arrived in that harbor on the afternoon of the twelfth and was coaling.