Discovering Northwest Passage and Songs
The northwest passage is a route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the arctic ocean.
The passage runs through along the northern coast of North America via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. For 300 years, European explorers searched in vain for passage through the Northwest Passage. Today, climate change may result in the opening of the channel for more regular shipping.
Stan Rogers, a Canadian folk musician and songwriter recalls the history of the Northwest Passage, and the early explorers trying to find passage in his song of the same name. In the song, Rogers reflects that while the quest for a northwest passage was unsuccessful, so might be the modern day journeys of people on similar paths. Throughout the song, Rogers makes many references to many other Canadian coastlines including the Fraser River, Beaufort Sea and the Davis Strait.
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