Lieutenant Nordqvist's account of the Vega Expedition 1878-1879. Vega's voyage through the northeast passage

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One of the most successful geographical expeditions of the 19th century was the voyage of the Vega in 1878-79 under Adolf Erik Nordenskiold, the Swedish geographer and Arctic explorer. The Vega was the first ship to traverse the Northeast Passage (along the north Siberian coast) and the first to circumnavigate Eurasia. A number of accounts have been published, including two in English. But a report of a Russian participant, Oscar Nordqvist, disappeared in Russian archives and was discovered only in the 1950s and appeared in Russian in 1964. It is of particular interest because it is an account of the portion of the Vega's voyage along the Siberian coast and the wintering near the Bering Strait by a participant who spoke Russian and made an effort to learn the language of the Chukchi, among whom the expedition spent the winter. The Nordqvist account, presented here for the first time in English, includes information not available from other accounts of the Vega expedition. (Ed.).

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Article de périodique

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Polar geography and geology Washington, 1983, vol. 7, n°. 1, p. 1-71, Références bibliographiques : 18 réf.

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