Punta Arenas : a memorial to the fallen

Punta Arenas in Chile is one of the southernmost cities on earth. Situated at about 54 degrees south, only Ushuaia in Argentina is further south.

It straddles the Strait of Magellan and was

founded in 1849

to reinforce Chilean sovereignty over this important trade route.

At the municipal cemetry in town, we found this very interesting shrine to the indigenous people –

the Onas and the Yaganes

– two peoples who are now extinct.