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The Purported Russian Threat

Type: Document

When the Crimean War between Britain and Russia broke out in 1854, Governor Douglas of Vancouver Island sent frantic requests for troops, ships and weapons to defend against the Russian colony in Alaska. He was ignored in London, and no fighting took place on the Pacific coast.

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Renewed Search for the Northwest Passage

Type: Document

During the first half of the 19th century, the Royal Navy made a renewed effort to discover a Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Expeditions penetrated further and further into the arctic waters, exploring and making reliable maps as they went.

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A Series of Expeditions

Type: Document

Several Royal Navy expeditions explored the Arctic during the 19th century. The captain of one of them discovered the existence of the magnetic North Pole during the early 1830s. During this time, contacts were established with the local Inuit population.

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