Remembering the forgotten explorers of the Northwest Passage during Black History Month, the first people to make it from the Pacific to the Atlantic

Two black men were part of the first crew to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic via the Arctic, but have drifted into obscurity amid the more famous stories of the Northwest Passage.For centuries, Britain searched for a water way linking the Atlantic to the Pacific over Canada and Alaska. The hunt for the Northwest Passage turned into a national obsession in the 19th century. When one of Britain’s most famous explorers, John Franklin, failed to return from his 1845 attempt to locate the…


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