Introduction of Punta-Arenas
Commercial port, city, and capital of Magallanesprovince, Brunswick Peninsula, S. Chile. A penal colonywas established here in 1843. Six years later thetown was founded to substantiate the Chilean claimto the Strait of Magellan. One of the world'ssouthernmost cities, it has one of the best museums inSouth America.Ancient area in Africa, S of Egypt, probably alongthe coast of Somalia. A flourishing trade in slaves,gold, incense, and myrrh existed between ancientEgypt and Punt following the expedition sent to it byQueen Hatshepsut in the 15th century b.c. The visitis recorded in temple reliefs at Deir Al-Bahri inwestern Thebes.

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