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The Northwest Passage


Let your students find the Northwest Passage. The search for this valued route lasted over 300 years, and exposed seamen to the worst weather conditions in the world. Many explorers lost their lives from sickness, starvation, and from attacks by the region’s natives. Students working, hands-on, with the historical maps, charts and documents, will discover if they, too, could find the Northwest Passage. Historian: Richard Howard. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:

  • Passage to Cataia
  • A Fool’s Errand
  • By Sun & Moon
  • Into the Bay
  • Maps & Bearings
Historical Documents
  • Northwest section of globe by Gemma Frisius, 1527.
  • John White’s painting of Frobisher’s party attacked by Eskimos, 1577.
  • Map of archipelago of “Meta Incognita” from George Best’s True Discourse, 1578.
  • Map inscription written by Dr. John Dee for Queen Elizabeth, 1577.
  • Letter from John Davis to Francis Walsingham reporting on first northwest expedition, Oct. 3, 1585.
  • A new, 1599, version of map of world by Edward Wright.
  • Hessel Gerritz’s printed version of Henry Hudson’s chart, 1612.
  • Ships of the Sea Dogs: Illustrations of ships and ship construction.
  • James Robin’s drawing of route map for search of Northwest Passage, 1576-1631.
Study Guide / Lesson Plan – Reproducible Activities

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