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the common name for South American Indians of three language families—the Jet, Puelche, and Chon—who inhabited the southern part of Argentina (the pampas and Patagonia). Most of the Patagones were exterminated by Argentinian colonizers in the 19th century.

Members of the Tehuelche tribe (of the Chon group), who lived south of the Chubut River, were the first to be called “Patagones.” The name was given to the tribe by Magellan’s expedition in the 16th century and means “big feet.”


Narody Ameriki, vol. 2. Moscow, 1959.
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References in classic literature ?
The town is indifferently called El Carmen or Patagones. It is built on the face of a cliff which fronts the river, and many of the houses are excavated even in the sandstone.
The season for working the salinas forms the harvest of Patagones; for on it the prosperity of the place depends.
Harris, an Englishman residing at Patagones, a guide, and five Gauchos who were proceeding to the army on business, were my companions on the journey.
By good luck I had a letter of recommendation from the government of Buenos Ayres [5] to the commandant of Patagones. This was taken to General Rosas, who sent me a very obliging message; and the Secretary returned all smiles and graciousness.
En 1882 se instala definitivamente al que se considera el primer poblador de Peninsula Valdes transportando las primeras ovejas desde Carmen de Patagones. A partir de 1900 se resuelve lotear y vender las tierras de la Peninsula Valdes, quedando totalmente ocupadas y destinadas a la explotacion de la hacienda lanar extensiva (Barba Ruiz, 1995).
Estos son: Adolfo Alsina, Bahia Blanca, Coronel Rosales, Coronel Dorrego, Coronel Pringles, Coronel Suarez, Guamini, Patagones, Puan, Saavedra, Tornquist, y Villarino.
Bormida en su trabajo "Los Antiguos Patagones", describe dos de los craneos excavados en Campo de Chenques.
The study was conducted within a 2-year exclosure to domestic herbivory during 1998 at the Chacra Experimental de Patagones, south of the Provincia de Buenos Aires (40[degrees]39'S, 62[degrees]54'W), in the Phytogeographical Province of El Monte (Fernandez and Busso, 1999).