Lands That Hold One Spellbound: A Story of East Greenland

Lands That Hold One Spellbound: A Story of East Greenland

Spencer Apollonio

"Far north, hidden at the back of grim obstacles of pack ice, are lands that carry one spellbound. huge imaginary gates, with hinges set within the horizon, appear to safeguard those lands. Slowly the gates swing open, and one enters one other international the place males are insignificant amid the extraordinary immensity of lonely mountains, fjords, and glaciers." - Louise Boyd, photographer, 1935

Lands that carry One Spellbound is an off-the-cuff historical past of East Greenland. Spencer Apollonio has written the one recognized evaluation of the heritage of this sector, summarizing indigenous settlements over 4 millennia, and describing eu explorations from the Norse interval to contemporary years.

East Greenland, working from Kap Farvel within the south to Kap Morris Jesup within the north, is an enormous land of significant mountains and fjords, of glaciers and meadowlands, and contrasts of climate probably distinct on this planet. it's been colonized seven diverse instances over 4,000 years by means of migrants from the west. Intrepid explorers again 12 months after yr, attracted by means of this land which captivated and enthralled them. yet its historical past hasn't ever prior to been instructed. the following, all the ecu and American expeditions are acknowledged, depending broadly at the explorers' unique money owed, in addition to at the author's usually hugely evocative narration. Apollonio info the struggles of vessels to arrive the coast during the ice pack, the longest Arctic sledge trips, the atypical tale of worldwide warfare II in East Greenland, and the influence of centuries of exploration and alter on Greenland's indigenous populations.

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