National Geographic : 1900 Feb
GEOGRAPHIC FEATURES OF SOUTHERN PATAGONIA 49 parallel on the north, or approximately between the 46th and 50th parallels of south latitude. I visited this region in the summer of 1896 and 1897, accompanied by Mr O. A. Peterson. At that time neither the Argentine nor the Chilian commission had entered it, the labors of both having been confined to the more easily accessible dis tricts to the north and south. A glance at any of the current maps will demonstrate how little indeed was then known of its interior. The few travelers who had previously visited it contented themselves with a journey up the Santa Cruz River to the lakes about its source, or at most with a trip over the old Indian trail leading from the mouth of the Santa Cruz River up the River Chico to within about 60 miles of the base of the Andes, and thence bearing almost due north over the plains to the head of the Senguer River and down the latter stream to the Chubut, never entering the mountains at any point on their journey. The whole was, at the time of my first visit, practically an entirely unexplored region, abounding in undiscovered and unnamed mountains, lakes, rivers, and glaciers, many of them of great size and exceeding beauty. In connection with my work it became absolutely necessary to give names to some of the geographic features discovered, especially in my field-notes. Some of these names I afterwards published with sketch maps, showing their location, accompanying preliminary papers relating chiefly to the geology of the region. I endeavored as much as possible to avoid any attempt at a detailed geography of the region, realizing at the time the speedy completion of the infinitely more accurate and detailed geographic work of the Argentine Limit Commission, in charge of Dr F. P. Moreno, to whom more than to any other person we are indebted for all that is at present known of the geography of the interior of southern South America. I am pleased to see that my expectations have already been partially met by the publication in the GeographicalJournal of a paper read by Dr Moreno before the Royal Geographical Society of London, accom panied by a sketch map giving most of the more important geo graphic features, and promising a larger map with more details in the near future. I am not only gratified to see that the few names given by me have been adopted by Dr Moreno, but I am also confirmed as to the wisdom of my forbearance to enter the field of the professional geographer, which might very easily have resulted in a confusing synonymy of important geographic names.