Cape Saint Elias is a cape in the U.S. state of Alaska. It is located at the southwest end of Kayak Island, 104 km (65 mi) southeast of Cordova, at 59°48′27″N 144°35′12″W / 59.8075°N 144.58667°W / 59.8075; -144.58667. It is commonly believed that Mount Saint Elias, the second highest mountain in the United States and Canada, is named for this landform.
The cape was named by Russian explorer Vitus Bering on July 20, 1741 for St. Elias, whose saint's day is July 20. This feature was also called "Santa Rosa" in 1779 by Don Ignacio Artega, "Español" in 1791 by Alessandro Malaspina, and "Punta de Canas," meaning "point of reeds," in 1796, by T.M. Lopez. George Vancouver named it "Hamond Point" in 1794 for Sir Andrew Snape Hamond.
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