Cape Horn

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Ultimately from Dutch Kaap Hoorn, named after the hometown and flagship (both Hoorn) of Willem Schouten, who was the first to sail around the cape into the Pacific Ocean in 1616.

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Proper noun[edit]

Cape Horn

  1. The southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. [since 1628]


Further reading[edit]


  • Excerpt of logbook from the Eendracht, 29 January 1616, "twelck onse president ter eeren des stadts van Hoorn noemde Capo Hoorn"
  • Iournael ofte beschrijvinghe van de wonderlijcke reyse, gedaen door Willem Cornelisz Schouten van Hoorn, inde Iaren 1615, 1616, en 1617 : hoe hy bezuyden de straet van Magellanes een nieuwe passagie ofte strate, tot inde groote Zuyd-zee, ontdeckt, ende voort den geheelen aerdt-kloot omgezeylt heeft : wat eylanden, vreemde volcken en wonderlijcke avontueren hem ontmoet zijn. (1619), pp. 22—23
  • Sir Francis Drake (1628) The world encompassed: Being his next voyage to that to Nombre de Dios formerly imprinted, carefully collected out of the notes of Master Francis Fletcher, preacher in this imployment, and divers others his followers in the same. Offered now at last to publique view, both for the honour of the actor, but especially for the stirring up of heroick spirits, to benefit their countrie, and eternize their names by like noble attempts., p. 9