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More than 400 years ago, in 1594 and 1595, Dutch explorer Jan Huyghen van Linschoten sailed with the Dutch navigator William Barents to search for a maritime route along the northern coast of the Eurasian landmass to the Orient via the Arctic—the Northeast Passage. Both voyages ended icebound in the Kara Sea, but Linschoten survived to publish his account of the journeys in 1601.
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