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Explorers by sea probed up and down the vast Pacific Ocean on November 20, 1^20. the eastern shores of North America, seeking a While the Cape Horn route was occasionally passage through it to the riches of Cathay. braved by European rivals, starting with Francis The quest for the Northwest Passage occupied Drake's daring entry into the Pacific in 1^79, the occasional attention of a number of nations, it was controlled by Spain. If other nations but the ogoal burnt most brightly for the English.
Following Davis's earlier track, Weymouth managed to push as far north as the 69th parallel, but fear of a mutinous crew caused him to retreat from the icy, fog-shrouded waters. In 1606, the English East India Company decided to try again. John Knight, an "experienced Arctic navigator," wastogiven command of to ' the 4o-ton bark Hopewell. Sailing from Gravesend on April 18, Knight reached the coast of Labrador on June 2^. As they approached land, a heavy storm blew up, and ice, pushed by the storm, squeezed Hopewell, opening the bark's seams to the sea and tearingo off the rudder.
A piece of a bronze balance was found on the west coast of Ellesmere Island by archaeologist Patricia Sutherland. More tantalizingo fragments o of metal have been discovered on Hudson Bay, and on Devon and Bathurst Islands. Some of the Norse metal, a valuable commodity, was doubtless acquired in trade between groups of Inuit or even through direct contact. There is evidence that hints of face-to-face contact. An Inuit figure o from Baffin Island depicts a Viking, as does another six-hundred-year-old, wooden figure from northern Greenland.