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History of Patagonia

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect. Historians are only beginning to study and understand the forgotten past of this remote corner of the world. In this new blog series Patagonia's Past, we pored through the books and selected five of the most interesting tales from the history of Patagonia, a fascinating destination that never ceases to enthrall us. 

4 Books About Chile to Fuel Your Wanderlust for International Book Day

reading on the terrace

As any lover of literature knows, reading takes you to places you’ve never been, and travel writing is especially transportive. Weaving personal experience with useful and insightful facts and information, travel books, or “travelogues”, have been a part of travel since the time of Marco Polo. Since then, as humans have traveled and explored the globe, they’ve kept records of their travels to help those who will follow in their footsteps.

10 dishes from north to south that Chileans love to eat during the winter

cordero al palo

It may be heading toward summer in the northern hemisphere, but down in the southern half of the world, winter has getting ready to set in, and nothing helps people get through the long, cold days and nights better than some hearty seasonal foods and beverages using delicious native ingredients and recipes passed down from generation to generation. 

Get to know Puerto Natales - The Gateway to Torres del Paine

Hotel on Puerto Natales Waterfront

Known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, the town of Puerto Natales may seen by many as a quick stopover before heading off into the surrounding wilderness in search of adventure and natural wonder, but taking a few days to explore the town and its immediate surroundings offers a glimpse into the diverse and fascinating history and culture of this part of Patagonia.

Patagonia's Past: The History of the Irish in Chile

san cristobal hill on st. patrick's day

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, and that means that today, across the world, Irish people and people who wish they were Irish will be downing insane amounts of beer, tucking into corned beef and soda bread, and having a merry ol’ time. Including the Irish-Chileans.

Wait...Irish people in Chile? You bet! (Luck of the Irish, right?) 

On This Day in Patagonian History: The Glacier Republic

Perito Moreno Glacier in Calafate - Argentina

Did you know that there’s a mini-nation located somewhere amongst Chilean Patagonia’s vast expanses of crawling glaciers?

Well, there is! On March 5th, 2014, Greenpeace - never one for subtle gestures - used a loophole in Chilean law to declare that 8,800 miles of glacier-covered land was its own independent country - a “Glacier Republic” micronation.

Patagonia's Past: The Legend of the Calafate Berry

Calafate berry. Picture by Quintessential Adventures

When visiting Patagonia, especially during the breezy spring and summer months of November through March, while traipsing along the well-worn trails you’ll probably encounter deep-blue, almost purple berries dangling from small bushes huddled under trees and other shrubs. While they could easily be mistaken for blueberries, don’t be deceived: these are Calafate berries, indigenous to the region, deeply rooted in Patagonian folklore, and delightfully yummy to snack on.

Patagonia's Past: Shakespeare's Inspiration

PATAGONIA'S PAST: SHAKESPEARE'S INSPIRATION

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Patagonia's Past: The Button and the Basket

PATAGONIA'S PAST THE BUTTON AND THE BASKET

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Patagonia's Past: How Fitz Roy almost discovered Fitz Roy

Patagonia's Past: How Fitz Roy almost discovered Fitz Roy

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

Patagonia's Past: The Lost City of Patagonia

Patagonia's Past: The Lost City of Patagonia

Patagonia is a mystical land, a fertile ground for myth-making. Indeed, Patagonia's legendary status makes its real history almost as weird and wonderful as the legends themselves. The stories that originate from Patagonia are often tragicomic, demonstrating the folly of man when faced with the unknown: be it vast, untamed nature or indigenous populations that have lived in isolation for millennia. At the same time, the determination and adventurous spirit of the protagonists demand our admiration and respect.

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