Elizabeth Island, Magellan Straits


Elizabeth Island was claimed for England by Francis Drake in 1578 during a particularly arduous journey through the Magellan Straits as part of his circumnavigation of the World. The island seems to have offered some respite for an exhausted and depleted crew and so in thankfulness Drake named the island after his queen. Subsequent scholars have argued over which is the precise island, but this 1775 map by Captain Cook seemed to believe that this island in the midst of the Channel was closest in description and placement of all the possible islands in the area. The full map can be seen here


South America




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