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William Baffin

(1584—1622) Arctic explorer

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Arctic exploration

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

Exploration of the ice‐covered ocean around the North Pole. The search for a north‐west and a north‐east passage from Europe to the Orient gave impetus to Arctic explorations from the 16th...

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Northwest Passage

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The sea route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans along the north coast of North America. Long sought by explorers it was first traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903–06).

See overview in Oxford Index