Horn, Cape

Horn, Cape
Southern extremity of South America.

Located on Horn Island in the southern Tierra del Fuego archipelago, it projects south into Drake Passage. It was named Hoorn for the birthplace of Dutch navigator Willem Schouten, who rounded it in 1616. Navigation of the rough waters around the cape is hazardous, and the climate is windy and cold year-round.

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cape, Chile
Spanish  Cabo de Hornos  

      steep rocky headland on Hornos Island, Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, southern Chile. Located off the southern tip of mainland South America, it was named Hoorn for the birthplace of the Dutch navigator Willem Corneliszoon Schouten (Schouten, Willem), who rounded it in 1616. False Cape Horn (Falso Cabo de Hornos), on Hoste Island, 35 miles (56 km) northwest, is sometimes mistaken for it. Navigation in the rough waters around the cape is hazardous. The climate is windy and cold year-round.

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  • Horn,Cape — Horn (hôrn), Cape A headland of extreme southern Chile in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The southernmost point of South America, it was first rounded in 1616 by the Dutch navigator Willem Schouten (died 1625), who named it after his… …   Universalium

  • Horn, Cape — geographical name headland S Chile on Horn Island in Tierra del Fuego; southernmost point of South America, at 55°59′S …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Horn, Cape — the most southern point of South America, on a Chilean island south of Tierra del Fuego. The region is notorious for its storms and, until the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, constituted the only sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific… …   Useful english dictionary

  • HORN, CAPE —    the most southern point of America, is a lofty, precipitous, and barren promontory of Hermit Island, in the Fuegian Archipelago …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Horn, Cape — S extremity of South America …   Webster's Gazetteer

  • Horn — [hôrn] Cape cape on an island (Horn Island) in Tierra del Fuego, Chile: southernmost point of South America …   English World dictionary

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  • Horn — /hawrn/, n. Cape. See Cape Horn. * * * (as used in expressions) English horn French horn Horn of Africa Horn Cape * * * ▪ musical instrument group French  Cor,  German   …   Universalium

  • horn — hornish, adj. hornless, adj. hornlessness, n. hornlike, adj. /hawrn/, n. 1. one of the bony, permanent, hollow paired growths, often curved and pointed, that project from the upper part of the head of certain ungulate mammals, as cattle, sheep,… …   Universalium

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