Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Exploration

Exploration

James-Cook.jpg-3653[1]Even today, the Eastern Kenai is a raw, sparsely settled land. Throughout the ages one could say that there has been many distinct ‘waves’ of exploration which sought to discover and exploit the region’s secrets. There were the Russians looking for sea otters, the Europeans vying for the Northwest Passage, the gold seekers searching for their fortune, and the modern adventurers seeking to climb mountains that had never before  been scaled.


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TURNAGAIN ARM

This is Now and That Was Then:  Episode: 11
Relevance: ***

Many countries were in search of the Northwest Passage, a theorized route through the North American continent. If anyone was to find it, it would be the British Captain James Cook.

EXIT GLACIER

This is Now and That Was Then:  Episode:  4
Relevance: ***

Through much of the 20th century, the Harding Icefield was largely unmapped and unexplored. This episode details the attempts at crossing this massive icefield.


IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

Trails Across Time: pgs 30-39
Relevance: ***

The lure of a shorter voyage from Europe to Asia brought Britain, Spain, France, and Russia to search for the Northwest Passage. This chapter provides perspective to the 18th century attempts probing for such a passage.

THE MYSTERY OF CAPTAIN BRANDT

Trails Across Time: pg 36
Relevance: ***

An unusually distinctive and elaborate gravestone and carved tree were found on the shores of Turnagain Arm near present day Hope. This site was to commemorate the life, and death, of Dutch Captain Brandt. Many mysteries remain regarding this historic site and the captain.


IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE

Secondary Curriculum: Chapter 4
Relevance: **

It is difficult to imagine the life of an 18th century sailor. This inquiry-based lesson develops questioning strategies to direct web-based research.


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NPS: EUROPEAN AND RUSSIAN SETTLEMENT PATTERNS ON THE LOWER KENAI PEN

Relevance: ***

Provides a timeline; primary source maps and images; and a narrative of Spanish, English, and Russian exploration of Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. Also includes the economic endeavors of all three countries in Alaska.

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