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24 March 2020

The national maritime museum in Amsterdam has made an interesting exhibition on Dutch polar history. As the museum is closed due to the corona virus crisis, the curator Diederick Wildeman has made three 90 second mini lectures with English subtitles.
From the late middle ages until the 16th century, very little was known in Europe about the North Pole. Nevetheless, people did have a view on how this area would look.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the now world-famous wintering of Willem Barentsz was almost forgotten. In 1819, an epic poem brought the expedition back to schools.
From 1882 to 1883, the Netherlands participated in the first international polar year. With the Norwegian boat Varna they sailed to west Siberia. Several objects and pictures are on display in the museum to reconstruct this expedition.


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