As its name in suggests, South Point is the southernmost point of the United States. It is also the location where archaeologists believe Polynesians first landed sometime between 400-800 A.D. in Hawaii since it is the closest to Tahiti. Archaeological remains, including a temple and fishing shrine, indicate that this site was long inhabited by native peoples. South Point is also known for its strong currents since it is here that many currents converge, and consequently swimming and cliff diving, which is a popular activity here, is not recommended. There is also a wind farm, which is the southernmost one in the country, and the South Point Light. The site is a National Historic Landmark District and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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