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avoid drawing and taking notes on the stream´s viability for navigation. Moreno also distinguished himself as an educator, conservationist, and promoter of public welfare. The state rewarded him with lands which Moreno donated to found the first national park.

Moreno to the end of his days maintained that the indians were not the determining factor holding back development of the Patagonia. He blamed, instead, the wealthy land owners that did little to promote productive work or colonization.


Chapter 8
Alberto María De Agostini was born on November 2nd 1883 in Pollone, a small town in Piamonte. It was the location of his home town, near the Alps, and the neighbour city of Biella, craddle of the Italian mountaineering, that meant a decisive influence in Agostini´s character and preferences. His pasion for the mountain and large wild lands increased, turning him into an expert mountaineer. Not only did he devoted himself to climbing but he also did research, wrote essays and took photographs related to the mountains.

He was consecrated priest by the order Salesiana in 1909 and soon after he left Italy to become a missionary in one of the most unknown and inhospitable regions of the world: Tierra del Fuego. He was encouraged not only by his religious vocation but also by his explorer´s spirit.

The young priest arrived in Punta Arenas in 1910 to find that his brothers had devoted themselves to save the few remaining indians´ communities from declination and destruction. The priests tried to preserve the natives from the invasion of the occidental culture by getting them together in very well organized missions. De Agostini contributed teaching the indians in the missions and others in the salesian orders and spent his little free time carring out his famous explorations.

Punta Arenas was the base of Alberto De Agostini´s first exploration. His interest for the cordillera situated in Tierra del Fuego, known as Cordillera Darwin, was not casual. During his first two years in the region, he had the chance of exploring the archipelago by sea and land. Thus, he was able to have a rough idea of the most interesting areas to scout and the difficulties that might arise.


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1-2-3-4-5-6     INTRODUCTION  
7-8     CHAPTER 1 - From Far West to Patagonia - BUTCH CASSIDY  
9-10     CHAPTER 2 - Tragedy of the Cervantes - THE “MONTE CERVANTES” SHIPWRECK  
11     CHAPTER 3 - The First Flight over Tierra del Fuego - GUNTHER PLÜSCHOW  
12     CHAPTER 4 - The Promised Land - THE ROAD OF THE WELSH PEOPLE  
13-14     Chapter 5 - The Watchman of the South - LUIS PIEDRA BUENA  
15-16     Chapter 6 - The Prison of the End of the World - Ushuaia’s Prison  
17     Chapter 7 - The Perito Moreno Glacier - FRANCISCO PANCRACIO MORENO  
18     Chapter 8 - THE FATHER DE AGOSTINI  
19-20     Chapter 9 - Long Live the King! - ORLLIE ANTOINE  
21     Chapter 10 - No Place for Women - ELLA HOFFMAN de BRUNSWICK  
22     Chapter 11 - The Boundless Empire - JOSE MENENDEZ  
23-24-25     Chapter 12 - Dreams of Gold - JULIUS POPPER  
27-28-29-30     PRESS ISSUE