A Description of Greenland

Hans Egede

Series: Arctic Region and Antarctica Issues and Research
BISAC: SCI030000




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Hans Egede was a Lutheran missionary who launched mission efforts to Greenland. He embarked for Greenland, with his wife and four small children, the 12th of May, 1721; and he landed in Ball’s River, the 3d of July. He established a successful mission among the Inuit and is credited with revitalizing the island.
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CHAPTER I. Of the Situation and Extent of Greenland. Probability of its forming Part of America
CHAPTER II. First Settlement of Greenland, with some Thoughts on the Extinction of the Norwegian Colonies; and whether on the East Side no Remainders may be found of the old Norwegians: also, whether the same Tract of Land cannot be recovered
CHAPTER III. Of the Nature of the Soil, Plants, and Minerals of Greenland
CHAPTER IV. Of the Nature of the Climate, and the Temperament of {vi}the Air
CHAPTER V. Of the Land Animals, and Land Fowls or Birds of Greenland; and how they hunt and kill them
CHAPTER VI. Of the Greenland Sea Animals, and Sea Fowls and Fishes
CHAPTER VII. Of the ordinary Occupations of the Greenlanders, as Hunting and Fishing: of the Tools and Instruments necessary for these Employments: of their House Implements and Utensils
CHAPTER VIII. Of the Inhabitants, their Houses, and House Furniture
CHAPTER IX. Of the Persons, Complexion, and Temperament of the Greenlanders
CHAPTER X. Of the Customs, Virtues, and Vices, and the Manners or Way of Life of the Greenlanders
CHAPTER XI. Of their Habits and Way of Dressing
CHAPTER XII. Of their Diet, and manner of dressing their Victuals
CHAPTER XIII. Of their Marriages, and Education of their Children
CHAPTER XIV. How the Greenlanders mourn and bury their dead Friends
CHAPTER XV. Of their Pastimes and Diversions, as also their Poetry
CHAPTER XVI. Of their Language
CHAPTER XVII. Of the Greenland Trade, and whether in promoting it there is any advantage to be expected
CHAPTER XVIII. The Religion, or rather Superstition, of the Greenlanders
CHAPTER XIX. The Astronomy of the Greenlanders, or their Thoughts concerning {viii}the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets
CHAPTER XX. The Capacity of the Greenlanders, and their Inclination towards the Knowledge of God, and the Christian Religion; and by what Means this may easily be brought about


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