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In prehistoric times, Greenland was home to several successive Paleo-Eskimo cultures known primarily through archaeological finds. The earliest entry of the Paleo-Eskimo into Greenland is thought to have occurred about 2500 BC. From around 2500 BC to 800 BC, southern and western Greenland was inhabited by the Saqqaq culture.
Around 800 BC, the Saqqaq culture disappeared and the Early Dorset culture emerged. The Dorset culture population lived primarily from whale hunting.
The Thule culture people are the ancestors of the current Greenlandic population. They started migrating from Alaska around 1000 AD, reaching Greenland around 1300 AD. The Thule culture was the first to introduce to Greenland such technological innovations as dog sleds and toggling harpoons.

The Icelandic sagas include accounts of a number of Viking Voyages to Greenland, although most of the place names recorded have usually been identified with locations in South or West Greenland. Some names have appeared in a variety of positions on old charts which were based partly on interpretations of the sagas. The Icelandic Annals refer to the discovery in 1194 of Svalbardr, or Svalbarda í Hafsbotn, the “country of the cold coasts”, which some authorities identify with the Scoresby Sund region of East Greenland, and others with Jan Mayen or Spitzbergen.

In 1607 Henry Hudson was sent out by the Muscovy Company to seek a passage to Japan and China across the North Pole. He sighted the coast of East Greenland on several occasions, and on June 22nd 1607 lay off Hold with Hope. The only account of his observations records – “It was a mayne high land, nothing at all covered with snow: and the North part of that mayne high Land was very high Mountaynes....wee thought good to name it, Hold with hope, lying in 73. degrees of latitude”. Hold with Hope is the oldest place name currently in use in East Greenland. While Hudson failed in the main purpose of his voyage, his accounts of the abundant whales in the waters near Spitzbergen led to the development of the northern whale-fishery.

William Scoresby and his father were important figures in the history of arctic whaling, but were also natural scientists, and even while engaged in the search for whales concerned themselves with scientific observations of all kinds. Between June and August 1822 Scoresby was on numerous occasions close to land and succeeded in laying down a chart of the East Greenland coast.

When the union between the crowns of Denmark and Norway was dissolved in 1814, the Treaty of Kiel Greenland became under the control of the Danish monarch.

I visited Greenland in september 2013.

These are the places i have been in Greenland

Kejser Franz Joseph Fjord
Scoresby Sund

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i would be pleased to help you.

Things to do and other tips

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This illustrate's my memories of Greenland:
Beautiful collors and hudge icebergs
See my "Things to Do" pages for more pictures.

When i'am visiting a country i like to be prepared;
So i know something about the Country and i can plan the things to visit.
That's why i 'm reading books;looking at travel maps etc.

See my "Things to read" pages for Books/Maps about