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TIERRA DEL FUEGO: THE FATAL LODESTONE Eric Shipton 1974 Hardcover reprint DJ Fine
By Shipton, Eric
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London, 1974, Reader's Union edition. 175 pp, 16 ills. Hardcover, DJ, Fine.

Shipton's history of Tierra Del Fuego at the tip of South America. Eric Shipton opens and concludes his narrative of the many explorers and others who sailed or settled there with an account of his own explorations in the 'land of fire'. The result is a richly colored story of courage, shame and madness. History of discovery and colonization, with a chapter on his first approach to the remote Mount Burney. 

When Magellan, searching for a south-west passage to the Far East, was groping his way through the strait which now bears his name, he saw a large number of fires burning along the southern shore. They had probably been built as rallying signals by the native tribes, who must have been astonished by the sudden appearance of his ships, the first they had ever seen.
 
And so Magellan called his new discovery Tierra del Fuego - 'land of fire'. The dramatic name was somehow appropriate to this savage wilderness at the world's end. Over the centuries, explorers, colonists and missionaries have been attracted to this hostile part of the world. Eric Shipton opens and concludes his narrative of the many explorers and others who sailed or settled there with an account of his own explorations in the 'land of fire'.

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