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Marcaciones Point, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

Marcaciones Point, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

In 1793 a round-the-world Spanish expedition (then in its fourth year) led by the Italian Captain Alessandro Malaspina spent three days in Fiordland. Don Felipe Bauza carried out a reconnaissance of Doubtful Sound on 25 February. Bauza named a number of places including Marcaciones Point. He took observations there and ‘marcaciones’ is Spanish for markings. In his charting of Doubtful Sound in 1851 Captain Stokes of the Acheron changed many of Bauza’s names, but they have been reinstated. This plaque was unveiled in 1984.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Place names - Early explorers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 24 Nov 2008