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Who discovered the Northwest Passage?


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November 24, 2015 2:38AM

Many explorers contributed to finding the navigable route through the Northwest Passage which was first sailed by Roald Amundsen in 1903-6. The final link, the Franklin Strait, was discovered by Francis Leopold McClintock in 1859. Author Ken McGoogan has suggested that Dr John Rae deserves the honour for discovering the Rae Strait in 1854 but overlooks the fact that the Franklin Strait was uncharted at that time. McClintock himself declared Sir John Franklin to be the discoverer of the passage.
Until very recently, there wasn't one. Now that summer Arctic ice has melted due to global warming, we can travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans through the North West.

However, many explorers did try including Henry Cabot, John Smith and many others up intil the early twentieth century without success.