Third Barents Arctic Expedition, 1596

Third Barents Arctic Expedition, 1596

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Caption: Third Barents Arctic Expedition of 1596, artwork. Crew members are using sledges to move wood for building a winter shelter (upper right). Their ship is trapped in the ice. Led by the Dutch navigator and explorer William Barents (c.1550-1597), this expedition attempted to find the Northeast Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The crew of 16 spent the winter in this shelter they built on Novaya Zemlya. Barents died in June the following year as they attempted to escape. This engraving is from The Three voyages of William Barents to the Arctic Regions (Amsterdam, circa 1600) by Gerrit de Veer, a member of the third expedition.

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