ARCTIC ARCHIPELAGO - Early Explorers
Jens Munk (1579-1628)
Jens Munk was born in Norway. He saw much service to his Sovereign through the years. As a navigator, there is the one trip in particular that interests us. In May of 1619, Munk set out with 65 men with two Royal ships, the Unicorn and Lamprey in order to discover the Northwest Passage. Munk explored Davis Strait, Frobisher Bay, Hudson Strait and Hudson's Bay. He and his men spent the winter "near the mouth of the Churchill River. Cold, famine, and scurvy destroyed so many of his men that only two persons besides himself survived. With these men, he sailed for home with the Lamprey on 16 July 1620, reaching Bergen, Norway, on 20 September 1620."1
[A LISTING OF EARLY EXPLORERS]
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