SANTIAGO – Four hundred years ago, the crew of a Dutch ship that sailed from the port of Hoorn discovered Cape Horn on the tip of South America and the Chilean National Library is marking the quadricentennial with an exhibition and a book exploring the myths and dangers of the end-of-the-world region.
“Travesias, encuentros e imaginarios del Cabo de Hornos” (Cape Horn: Journeys, Encounters and Imagination) was inaugurated on Tuesday at the National Library in Santiago’s historic district.
The exhibition examines the arrival of the first Europeans at the southernmost point in the Americas, located in Chile’s Magallanes region.
The book, titled “Travesia por el Cabo de Hornos” (Journey Around Cape Horn) and written by Chilean poet and photographer Julio Carrasco and Dutch photographer-filmmaker Roderik Henderson, was presented during the event.
The text and illustrations chronicle the harsh southern region inhabited by the Yaganes, or Yamanas, with a combination of poetry, history and travelers’ tales.
The authors toured Cape Horn on Chilean navy ships to get a firsthand look at the region.
“Everyone’s history and imagination are in Cape Horn, but seeing it and having evidences of its existence is something truly moving,” Carrasco, who is also an engineer, told EFE.