Munk, Jens ___ 1579-1628 ___ Danish ___ explorer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Munk grew up in Arendal, Fredrikstad and Danish Ålborg, but left for a life at sea when only 12. His father died in prison a few years after his son had left home. Passing by England and Portugal, Jens arrived in Brazil, where he stayed for six years. He returned to Denmark in 1598, by which time he had developed into a successful seafaring tradesman. In the 1610s, he seems to have been commissioned on various exploratory and military missions by the Danish-Norwegian king, Christian IV. On one of these, in 1615, he captured Jan Mendoza - the most notorious pirate of his times - off the northern coast of Russia. In 1619, Munk embarked on a mission to find the Northwest Passage. However, he could not locate the Hudson Strait, and got stuck in ice, having to overwinter at Munkhaven, the mouth of the current Churchill River. There was an outbreak of scurvy and only Munk and three of the crew survived; between them, though, they managed to sail back to Norway. It seems, Munk was imprisoned at Bergen for a short while in 1620, but was released on order of the king, and returned to Copenhagen. He continued to serve both as a polar explorer and Danish diplomat. In 1623, for example, he served as admiral of a naval assault force that retaliated for a Russian attack on Danish traders.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1619-1620 ___ maritime exploration health Canada

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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
The Royal Library, Denmark

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Journal of Jens Munk 1619-1620
North West to Hudson Bay : The Life and Times of Jens Munk
 

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