Relation du Groenland

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Isaac de La Peyrère. Relation du Groenland. Paris, 1647.

La Peyrère’s history of Greenland includes an account of Jens Munk, who was commissioned by the King of Denmark in 1619 to find a passage to the Pacific. He wintered in Hudson’s Bay, where 60 of his men died of scurvy; only Munk and two others survived. Munk’s map shows the Canadian Arctic as an extension of Greenland, with Danish place names assigned to the areas he explored.