Cape Horn

Cape HornCape Horn is probably the most southerly a part of South America. It lies on the southern tip of Horn Island in Chile. Willem Schouten, a Dutch sailor, named it in 1616. He named it for his native city of Hoorn, within the Netherlands. The cape runs far into the ocean. It has steep sides that rise 500 to 600 ft (one hundred fifty to one hundred eighty meters) in some locations. The cape has a chilly local weather. The area is so stormy that sailors have dreaded “rounding the Horn.” Many ships now use the Panama Canal.

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