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History of the Franklin expedition

Last Updated: Aug. 2, 2012

Part adventure, part love story and part mystery, the Franklin expedition remains a truly compelling part of history.

Its story is filled with interesting characters — the Royal Navy captain who was originally considered too old to lead the expedition, his wife, who clung to hope that he'd survived for more than 10 years after he set sail, and the explorers who risked their own lives to find answers.

For more than 160 years, the saga has captured the public's imagination. This map offers a look at the stories and events of the time.

The interactive map below outlines the route taken by Franklin and his crew on their ill-fated voyage through the Arctic. Below the map, find links to other content delving into the history of the Franklin expedition.

Map by Duk Han Lee

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