Patagonia has an area of 900,000 sq km and a population of over 1.7 million people.
Patagonia is a region in Argentina and the southernmost portion of the South American continent. The terrain mostly consists of huge steppe-like plains and some of the hemisphere’s largest ice-fields outside Antarctica. It is bordered by the Andes Mountains in the west and south and low plains in the east.
The region was home to many indigenous races (prior to the arrival of the European missionaries), but not many traces of their presence can be found. Most of the present communities are descendants of the original tribes; a colourful mix of ethnic backgrounds. The lanky aborigines occupied mainly the arid lands, while the short Mapuches established territory in the eastern regions.
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