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Strait of Magellan


He had sailed through the Straits of Magellan and he told her stories of the terrible Patagonians.
James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific between Chile and various islands — especially Tierra del Fuego
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Strait of Magellan Straits of Magellan Magellan Straits
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Discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. Especially important as a route around South America before the Panama Canal was built, but difficult to navigate because of the inhospitable climate and the narrowness of the passage
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  • He had sailed through the Straits of Magellan and he told her stories of the terrible Patagonians.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • We had crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, and the Strait of Magellan opened less than 700 miles to the south.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • He had survived pellagra in Persia, scurvy inthe Malayan archipelago , leprosy in Alexandria, beriberi in Japan, bubonic plague in Madagascar, an earthquake in Sicily, and a disastrous shipwreck in the Strait of Magellan.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • By July 3 we were at the entrance to the Strait of Magellan, abreast of Cabo de las Virgenes.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

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  • "Yes, sir, a natural barometer that didn’t let me down when I navigated the narrows of the Strait of Magellan."
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Strait of Magellan [9] , Long Island Sound [6] , English Channel [7] , Northwest Passage [8] , Bering Strait [9] , Strait of Hormuz [9]
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