Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Magellan

Magellan, Straits of, between Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, are 375 miles long with a breadth of from 12 to 17 miles. The western part, which is the narrower, is enclosed by mountains well covered with wood, and has some good harbours, and the wider eastern part is fringed with pampas. There is a strong current, and west winds are prevalent. In the earlier part of the present century the straits yvere surveyed by King and Fitzroy.