Frobisher and the Road to Cathay

This Arthur David McCormick painting shows Martin Frobisher with his maps trying to convince those present that he could indeed discover a route to Cathay through a North West Passage. He made three voyages to the Arctic coastline of Canada and Greenland searching for this route. Without finding a route to the Orient, he thought that he might be able to compensate his investors with minerals he felt held gold ore within them. Unfortunately the samples he brought back were nothing but iron pyrite.

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