Aracena Island

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Aracena Island
Native name: Isla Aracena
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Aracena Island, at the Strait of Magellan
Geography
Coordinates 54°10′S 71°20′W / 54.167°S 71.333°W / -54.167; -71.333Coordinates: 54°10′S 71°20′W / 54.167°S 71.333°W / -54.167; -71.333
Area 1,164 km2 (449 sq mi)
Coastline 457 km (284 mi)
Highest elevation 1,158 m (3,799 ft)
Highest point Monte Vernal[1]
Administration
Region Magallanes Region
Province Magallanes Province
Communes of Chile Punta Arenas
Additional information
NGA UFI -875166

Aracena Island (Spanish: Isla Capitán Aracena or Isla Aracena[2][better source needed]) is an island in the Magallanes Region of Chile. It belongs to the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and forms part of the Alberto de Agostini National Park.

For some 6000 years the coastal areas of Aracena Island have been inhabited by the Alacalufe (or Kawésqar) people. By the early years of the 21st century, the continued presence of the Alacalufe has been put seriously at risk by the actions of non-indigenous (white) people.[3]

The highest point on Aracena Island is Mount Vernal. (The United States Hydrographic Office in South America Pilot (Year 1916, page 316) erroneously located Mount Vernal on the Clarence Island.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South America Island High Points above 1000 meters". Peakbagger.com. 
  2. ^ Spanish Wikipedia article on Isla Capitán Aracena
  3. ^ Spanish Wikipedia article on Isla Capitán Aracena: "A comienzos del siglo XXI este pueblo había sido prácticamente extinguido por la acción del hombre blanco."