Our stay in Punta Arenas was a very short one on the morning of November 17th. We disembarked from the Terra Australis and spent the remainder of the morning on a brief tour of the city, with stops at the city cemetary, a museum and the central park. Punta Arenas (which means "sandy point") was founded in 1848 as a military garrison and prison, along the trade route to California. Today it is the most important port along the Strait of Magellan. At the time of our visit, Chile was preparing for local elections, and political rallies and placards were a common sight.