Definition of Patagonia

November 6th, 2007 Posted in lifestyle

Written by Jamie

When people hear the word Patagonia, lots of different things come to mind.  A few immediate responses are glaciers, mountains, a clothing company, some place far away and remote. I decided to do some research to determine what exactly makes up “Patagonia”.

The name Patagonia comes from the word Patagon, used by Fernindad Magellan, the famous Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition around the world, to describe the natives of the region. Apparently they were much taller people than the explorers and were referred to as “Patagons”.

Geographically speaking, Patagonia is made up of about 1,127,000 square kilometers or 435,137 square miles. This is roughly the same size as England, France, and Germany combined. Patagonia is divided with approximately 70% in Argentina and 30% in Chile. It extends from the Rio Colorado at the 39th parallel of Argentina south and in Chile from approximately the city of Temuco south. The Pacific Ocean on the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east make up the lateral borders.

Patagonia is made up of a vast array of different environments. The Andes mountains, fjords, volcanoes, lakes and rivers, the steppe (high desert plain), and the coast all comprise the area.

When it comes down to it, Patagonia is a natural wonderland, filled with open space, some of mother nature’s finest works of art and no shortage of things to do and see. I feel very lucky to call this part of the world my home.

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