Today in Latin American History
LatAm’s the Strait of Magellan was First Discovered by Explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520
Photo: Strait of Magellan
Today in Latin American history, Latin America’s the Strait of Magellan was first discovered by explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520.
Discovered on All Saints’ Day, and it was initially called Estrecho de Todos los Santos (Strait of All Saints). Magellan’s chronicler, Antonio Pigafetta, called it the Patagonian Strait, and others Victoria Strait, commemorating the first ship entering it.
Within seven years it was being called Estrecho de Magallanes in honor of Magellan.
The Spanish Empire and the Captaincy General of Chile used it as the southern boundary of their territory.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, French establish the France Antarctique colony in present-day Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1555
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine politician Carlos Saavedra Lamas who won the NobelPeacePrize was born in 1878
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Victor Power who played for the Minnesota Twins was born in 1927
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Alfio Basile who played & coached the National team was born in 1941
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican baseball player Fernando Valenzuela who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers was born in 1960
- Today in LatAm history, the largest constructed radio telescope Arecibo Observatory was opened in Puerto Rico in 1963