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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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MARTINIC B, Mateo. Buccaneers in the strait of Magellan during the second half of the XVII century, new information. Magallania [online]. 2016, vol.44, n.1, pp.5-14. ISSN 0718-2244.

The passage of buccaneers through the Strait of Magellan during the second half of the seventeenth century is a fact of general historical and regional knowledge. Nevertheless uncertainties persist in regard to the frequency of trips and what happened during these mysterious journeys. New information concerning the presence of French filibusters in the last decades of the century is provided in this article. We describe an hitherto unknown map whose authorship is attributed to these buccaneers and other considerations are relative to the decisive role they played, their knowledge of the maritime territory of the Strait of Magellan and life experiences with relation to native groups of the area. This, during the later period of official government projects by Louis XIV, when they tried to establish a colony in Magallanes and also they begin and develop smuggling trade in French ships within the Spanish dominions of Chile and Peru.

Keywords : Buccaneers; Strait of Magellan; chartography; Patagonia.

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