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Jens Munk (3 June or July 1579 – 28 June 1628) was a Dano-Norwegian navigator and explorer.

Biography

On 9 May 1619, Munk set out on an expedition with 65 men on two ships, the frigate Enhiörningen (the Unicorn), and the sloop Lamprenen (the Lamprey). Officially, Munk's mission was to discover the Northwest Passage to India, but after sailing the Davis Strait and the Frobisher Bay, he struggled entering the Hudson Strait.

Blocked in the Hudson Bay for the entire winter, most of Munk's men were killed by cold, famine, and scurvy. Munk returned to Norway from his voyage with only two other men.

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