from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An archipelago off southern South America separated from the mainland by the Strait of Magellan. The main island, also called Tierra del Fuego, is divided between Chile and Argentina. Smaller islands of the archipelago are administered individually by the two countries. Ferdinand Magellan first sighted Tierra del Fuego in 1520.
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- proper n. One of the provinces in Argentina (southern South America). Home of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, close to Antarctica.
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- n. an archipelago off southern South America; separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan; islands are administered by Chile and by Argentina
Sturdee’s plan was that if he arrived at the Falklands before Spee came around the Horn, he would use the islands as a coaling base and then set his fast light cruisers, Glasgow and Bristol, to ferreting the harbors in Tierra del Fuego and the fjords of the Chilean archipelago.
The Ona Indians, a taller and finer race physically, who are foot Indians, occupy the mountain and forest regions of southern Tierra del Fuego from approximately 53o 50 'S.Lat. to 55o 3' S.Lat.
While the men were coaling, parties of officers landed on the desolate shore beneath the black mountains of Tierra del Fuego to shoot ducks and bring back branches with red berries to decorate their cabins for Christmas.
Unlike the conventional route taken by most Europeans, Ledyard would take a westward route, sailing around Tierra del Fuego and into the Pacific, stopping in the wilds of northern California to acquire furs that might be traded for tea, silks, and other exotic goods across the sea.
Spee therefore believed that the Falklands were undefended and that the thousand-mile stretch of ocean from Tierra del Fuego north to the river Plate was empty.