Culture in Pictures: Tierra del Fuego
This series, started by Renaerules, is designed to share the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries through picture. With Fidalgo"s help I hope to cover them all over the next few months. Participation is highly encouraged and each person should include a description of the photo they provide. Also, since this thread is not an excersise I think it would be suitable to post in either Spanish or English and let the readers feel free to make corrections in the comment section. There is a lot of information available so hopefully in the end, with everyones help, we will have large pictorial to look back on.
Some of you are probably saying to yourselves "Tierra del Fuego isn't a country" and you're absolutely correct but Fidalgo and I felt that such an interesting archipelago deserved it's own recognition. As stated, it is an archipelago and it is actually divided between Argentina and Chile. First visited by Portugese explorer Ferdinand Magellan it 1520 under the Spanish flag, the "Land of Fire" is thought to have been named because of the many fires from the indigenous Yaghan tribe he saw while offshore. It was also reported that he was afraid the Yaghan were waiting in ambush.
The Boundry Treaty of 1881 officially divided the land between the two countries who had each laid claim to it prior to that.
This landscape of Tierra del Fuego reminded me Ørnulf Opdahl, a Norway painter:
Tierra del Fuego from space:
Rare photos of Yaghan tribe.
You guys are right -- it seems like a pretty chilly place at times!
Tierra Del Fuego National Park
Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego. It is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. Isn't the name "Ushuaia" beautiful?
It looks so very beautiful, colorful and almost overpowering in it's vastness and scope, but OH soooo cooold. !
Years ago Ushuaia was the name of a French TV show. Players would have a certain time to research clues through encyclopedias and documents. They would then relay them to Nicolas Hulot (link text) who was in a country and they would guide him to a point he had to reach. This guy was sooo athletic, he had to climb rocks, mountains, he had to canoe, swim, parachute, name it. He was an adventurer at heart. I do not remember the exact circumstances but he disappeared somewhere in the Amazonian forests to never be found (not his Zodiac.)
Another link to Ushuaia link text