Definitions for "Northwest Passage"
Keywords:  roald, amundsen, rogers, atlantic, stan
a water route between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)
From the 16th through the 19th century people believed that China and India could be reached by going north, either over Russia or over North America. Henry Hudson was looking for the Northwest Passage when he sailed up what is now called the Hudson River to what is now Albany. Patroon - A proprietor of certain tracts of land with manorial privileges granted under the Dutch governments of New York and New Jersey.
A water route connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean across northern North America.