- May 2014
How many Jews do you think that Patagonia could have accommodated if the necessary infrastructure would have been built?I can actually help here. The answer is yes, well sort of. During the 19th century the Zionist's when looking for a place to create their ethnic state for a brief moment set their eyes on the Patagonian region (very thinly populated at the time, well even today) as a place. They very quickly forgot about it, however fast forward more than 100 years to the present and there is a conspiracy theory that has even been echoed by a Chilean congressman of Palestinian heritage (he had to admit eventually it was an ill formed hoax) here in Chile (not sure if Argentina) that goes by 'Plan Andinia' (Andean plan) which was the original Zionist name for the idea which was quickly dropped.
Andinia Plan - Wikipedia
*Argentina received relatively massive Jewish immigration (19th early 20th century) but to my knowledge almost all of it concentrated in the Buenos Aires vicinity. Chile also has some Jewish people (20,000-50,000 c.) also not in the south.