It is part of Argentina and Chile and was named so by the Portuguese navigator Magellan, who called it Patagonia, after its inhabitants "those big shoes." Name was given for the primitive Indians Tehuelche shoes made from skins of guanaco, a species of llama, that native people used to wear here.
Patagonia stretches over 2000 km from north of the springs Colorado River to Cape Horn in the south. The western part belongs to Chile and the eastern plains and the largest part to Argentina. Here there are the Alpine glaciers, fjords, ancient forests and mountain semideserts, deserted islands and the largest grassland in the world.
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