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Martin Frobisher thought the Eskimos he found were the Chinese he sought

Posted in Discoveries, Exploration, Historical articles on Friday, 10 August 2012

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This edited article about Martin Frobisher originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 761 published on 14th August 1976.

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Martin Frobisher by Graham Coton

When Martin Frobisher, the English explorer, dropped anchor in a bay on the coast of Baffin Island on 11th August, 1576, he thought that he had at last found the North-West Passage.

But the almond-eyed natives he met on the island were not Chinese, as he believed, but Eskimos. Frobisher was still a long way from the elusive North-West Passage.

In spite of his mistake, Frobisher’s voyage was not in vain. It encouraged an increasing number of navigators to take up the search for this new trade route.

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