Patagonia <<PAT uh GOH nee uh>> is a area in southern South America. A big a part of the area has a semidesert local weather. Indigenous (native) peoples lived in Patagonia lengthy earlier than Europeans arrived. The identify Patagonia comes from the Spanish phrase patagon, which suggests massive foot or paw. The native Tehuelche individuals have been tall and wore giant boots full of grass.
In 1520, the Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan turned the primary European to discover the area. In 1865, Welsh settlers arrived in northern Patagonia. The world was divided between Chile and Argentina in 1907 beneath the phrases of an 1881 treaty.
The time period Patagonia often refers back to the Argentine part of the area. Farmers in Patagonia increase sheep and develop vegatables and fruits.Hydroelectric tasks on the Limay River in northern Patagonia present electrical energy. Oil fields in Patagonia yield a lot of Argentina’s petroleum. The area additionally has coal, iron ore, and pure fuel deposits.