Arctic Voyages of Martin Frobisher: An Elizabethan Adventure

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Nov 1, 2001 - History - 212 pages
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Under orders from Queen Elizabeth I, privateer and adventurer Martin Frobisher took up the search for a northwestern route to Asia. On 14 July 1576 Frobisher sighted the most easternly tip of Arctic North America. Over the next three summers the area would be the scene of an adventure involving the fruitless search for a northwest passage, the first attempt by the British to establish a settlement in the New World, and the first major gold-mining fraud in North American history.
 

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This starkly written and fast-moving book by McGhee, curator of Arctic archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, compares favorably with two recent publications, James McDermott's Martin ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1549
Preamble
1555
Lodestones Unicorns and Perpetual Daylight
1557
A Passage to Cathay
1562
Martin Frobisher Pirate and Explorer
To Arctic America
The Five Lost Sailors
A Token of Possession
Creating a Gold Play
The Gold Fleet
The Countess of Warwicks Island
Retreat
Disgrace
Kodlunarn Island
A Final Assay
Sources and Selected Readings

Ice Hostages and Gold
Inuit in England

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About the author (2001)

Robert McGhee is curator of Arctic Archaeology at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

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