Digges Islands facts for kids
Digges Islands identified by No. 1 and 2.
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|Location||Digges Sound, an arm of Hudson Bay|
|Coordinates||62°34′59″N 77°49′59″W / 62.58306°N 77.83306°W|
|Archipelago||Canadian Arctic Archipelago|
|Area||91 km2 (35 sq mi)|
The Digges Islands (Inuit: Saaqqayaaq-Qikirtasiit) are members of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in the territory of Nunavut. The two islands, West Digges and East Digges, are located in Digges Sound, an arm of Hudson Bay, where the strong currents of the bay meet Hudson Strait.
The hamlet of Ivujivik, on the Ungava Peninsula, is south of the islands. East Digges Island is closer to the northern tip of the Ungava Peninsula than West Digges. Mansel Island is to the southwest, while Nottingham Island is to the north.
The islands' rocky cliffs topography is ideal for seabirds; thick-billed murre colonies are abundant.
In 1610, the first recorded encounter between Europeans and Nunavik Inuit occurred on Digges Islands during Henry Hudson's last expedition. Hudson named many Arctic points after patrons who financed the voyage, including Dudley Digges, the namesake of the Digges Islands. In 1611 four of Hudson's mutineers were killed here by Inuit and in 1612 Thomas Button had five of his crew killed somewhere near the Islands.
The area was explored again soon after by Jens Munk during his 1619 voyage.
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