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Re: Patagonia

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 09, 2004

In Reply to: Patagonia posted by Fred on October 08, 2004

: According to Antonio Pigafetta's journal, The Voyage of Magellan , Magellan gave the Patagonians their name because they had big feet, since they stuffed straw in their shoes made of guanaco hides. (SS -- Where did you read that the natives did not know how to protect themselves from the cold?)
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My remark about naked natives was not in reference to the Patagonians, but only to the inhabitants of Tierra del Fuego. It comes from the account of some early explorer, but I can't say which one--perhaps the Italian one (I forget his name), whose account I have read in part (in Italian). You should read what he has to say about the natives of the Philippine Islands, especially their sexual customs. SS