National Geographic : 1920 Apr
Photograph by Donald B.MacMillan SOUTHERN SHORE OF HAKLUYT ISLAND, DISCOVERED BY BAFFIN IN 1616, BUT REMOVED FROM THE MAP FOR TWO HUNDRED YEARS BECAUSE GEOGRAPHERS DISTRUSTED HIS WORD Upon the island there are many very old stone igloos and stone fox traps. William Baffin was one of theearliest ofalong line ofBritish naviga tors who sought in vain for a Northwest Passage to India. Sailing as pilot of the Discovery in 1616, hereached apoint 300miles farther north than his predecessor Davis, and for 236 years his farthest north (about 770 45'), stood as a record in these seas. Baffin Bay isnamed inhis honor. Itwas he who named Smith Sound, Jones Sound, and Lancaster Sound in honor of three of his distinguished patrons.