Meaning of Cape

The concept of rope has multiple applications and meanings. With etymological origin in the Latin word caput (translated into Spanish as “head”), this word can refer to the tip or end of a certain element or to the small portion that may remain of an object or piece. For example: “You have to pull the end of the thread to hold the package”, “We only have the end of the candle, we have to go buy more or we will be in the dark.

In the field of geography, each geographical feature that arises when a portion of land enters the ocean and is isolated offshore is defined as a cape. This piece of land, experts say, influences currents and makes navigation difficult.

The Cape Horn, located in southern Chile surface stands out as the southernmost end of the set of islands Land of Fire. This cape is the northern limit of the Drake Pass that joins the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. It is known as the end of the world since, despite the fact that the earth is spherical, it is assumed that it ends there and begins again. It was discovered by Isaac Le maire, a Dutch merchant in 1616.

The Cape of Good Hope is another very popular cape. It is found in South Africa and was first sighted by a European (the Portuguese Bartolomé Díaz) in 1488.

The concept of corporal is also used to name the end, conclusion or end of something: “After two hours, the senator got up and told his assistants that he would present the resignation”, “You have to continue in this direction about thirty kilometers and, at the end of the road, advance on foot another ten kilometers until you find the waterfall ”.

Finally, Corporal is a military man with a rank higher than a soldier or sailor and lower than a sergeant: “Sir, Corporal López has been wounded in battle”, “The president reported that he will award Corporal Mamani for his brave actions.

Cape Canaveral and space activities

One of the most famous headlands in the world is called Cape Canaveral. It is a space dedicated exclusively to space activities in the United States. It has been in operation since July 24, 1950 and is located on the Florida Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean.

There, missile launches are carried out in an easterly direction, so if there were any damage in the air, there would be no accidents since they would fall into the sea, and their ascent can be studied quietly without worrying about the dangers that it might pose. Unfortunately, those who decide these types of questions do not usually take into account that the ocean is the habitat of many living beings and that these experiments affect and modify it from one year to another.

At Cape Canaveral there is a whole system developed in order to facilitate the work of the scientists who work there: launching ramps, a large network of roads and numerous buildings and control centers. The NASA and USAF are the bodies responsible for monitoring, maintaining and controlling this space. It is worth mentioning that both organizations are in charge of developing the civil and military space programs, respectively.

At present this place is also known by the name of Cape Kennedy, in memory of the assassinated president (John F. Kennedy); Although the desire to formally call the place in this way was frustrated because many people did not find it appropriate. Currently, this last name is only for the base that NASA has in this territory.


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