Hudson Strait Facts

Hudson Strait Facts
The Hudson Strait is located between Nunavik and Baffin Island in Canada's north. It links the Labrador Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to Hudson Bay. The Hudson Strait stretches approximately 750 km and varies in width between 70 km and 240 km. The first European to have reported entering the strait's waters was Sir Martin Frobisher, an English navigator, who discovered it in 1578.
Interesting Hudson Strait Facts:
Hudson Strait was originally named Mistaken Strait because the navigator Sir Martin Frobisher, who first entered it.
The first European to actually explore the strait was George Weymouth, in 1602.
In 1610 Henry Hudson explored the strait, for who it was later named after.
If it was not for the ice in the Fury and Hecla Strait, located south of Baffin Island, the Hudson Strait would provide an eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage.
The eastern entrance to Hudson Strait is at Resolution Island and Cape Chidley.
At one time the Hudson Strait was mistakenly believed to be the Northwest Passage.
Polar bears frequently use the sea ice over Hudson Strait for hunting grounds.
The climate in Hudson Strait is resulting in hunting season for polar bears to be delayed by as much as two weeks a year due to ice build-up not being sufficient.
The Hudson Strait is been used in the fur trade commercially for 300 years.
Hudson Bay's company ships began using Hudson Strait in 1670.
France and England struggled for the ownership of Hudson Strait until 1713 when France ceded its claim.


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