|Native name: Islas Hermite or L'Hermite
Nickname: Samajani (Yahgan Language)
The best known of the islands, Cape Horn
Islands south of the Beagle Channel, except Diego Ramírez Islands
|Archipelago||Tierra del Fuego|
|Adjacent bodies of water||Pacific ocean|
|Major islands||Hermite, Herschel, Deceit and Hornos|
|Commune||Cabo de Hornos|
|NGA UFI= -884095|
The Hermite Islands (Spanish: Islas Hermite) are the islands Hermite, Herschel, Deceit and Hornos as well as the islets Maxwell, Jerdán, Arrecife, Chantieler, Hall, Deceit (islet), and Hasse at almost the southernmost end of South America. The smallest and southernmost of the major islands is Hornos Island, the location of Cape Horn. The islands are located south of the Wollaston Islands and separated from them by the Franklin Channel. The islets Terhalten, Sesambre, Evout and Barnevelt are located easterly and are not considered part of the Hermite islands.
The southern tip of Deceit island extends southeastwards through a line of sharp-edged rocks known as Los dientes o garras de Deceit (Deceit teeth or claws) that end in a rough islet, Islote Deceit. The islands form part of the Cabo de Hornos National Park.
They are named after the Dutch admiral Jacques l'Hermite (1582-1624). Hermite Islands were visited by Charles Darwin at the turn of 1832/1833. Argentina started 1978 the Operation Soberania to seize the islands.
- List of islands of Chile
- Beagle conflict
- Media related to Category:Hermite Islands at Wikimedia Commons
- Media related to Category:Cape Horn at Wikimedia Commons
- 7. Cabo de Hornos , retrieved on 14 February 2013