Qui a découvert le mythique passage arctique du Nord-Ouest, John Franklin ou John Rae?

Durant le week-end du 30 septembre 2013, des évènements ont eu lieu à Orkney dans le nord de l’Ecosse pour célèbrer le 200ème anniversaire de l’oublié explorateur arctique Dr John Rae. STV News nous rapporte que : « ... Rae’s legacy as the discoverer of the Northwest Passage has been largely forgotten by history, but  that John Rae 200 conference attracted visitors from across the world and the highlight came when a new statue of the explorer was unveiled…« . Lisez l’article entier de STV News  ou/et regardez ci-dessous la video actu de STV News au sujet de John Rae.

 

fort ross 

Picture taken along the Arctic Northwest Passage, Fort Ross – Nunavut – North of Canada 

 

John Rae 200 conference describe his Arctic history as : « … 2013 is the bicentenary of the birth of Dr John Rae. In the history of arctic exploration, John Rae (1813-1893) is known both for his discovery of the eventual fate of the Franklin expedition and his own personal success as an arctic explorer who understood and made use of indigenous arctic technology. A persuasive interpretation as to why Rae was a successful explorer is his childhood in Orkney, by virtue of this he developed not only a legendary physical fitness, but a love and a knowledge of the land… ».  Further info >>

 

 

Other articles on Doctor John Rae statue in Orkney and history:

John Rae statue to be unveiled in Orkney by The Scotsman >>

John Rae honoured with Orkney statue by HeraldScotland >>

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