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Cape Horn is situated at the southernmost tip of South America. This area is exposed to strong winds and storms almost all year. Cape Horn and the Straits of Magellan are two of the roughest areas in the world to navigate a sailing vessel. Sailors avoided Cape Horn whenever possible.


Cape Horn

This route didn't become popular until clipper ships went around the Horn during the Gold Rush. It was very scary for passengers to see pieces of wood from recent shipwrecks floating on the sea. Most big clippers went around the horn, but steamships normally went through the Straits of Magellan.


Straits of Magellan




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