Whaling Town Built in Smeerenburg, Norway

The whaling town of Smeerenburg (“Blubbertown”), was built in 1619 on Spitsbergen, an island north of Norway. Founded by Dutch whaling syndicates the English Muscovy Company. The town provided both trade and outfitters for whalers hunting the Greenland right whale and other polar whale species. Due to the extreme periods of cold weather in the 1650’s that shut down the arctic whaling trade, and led to Smeerenburg’s abandonment in 1665.

      1619, 1665
      English Muscovy Company
      Spitsbergen, Norway

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