Egede, Hans

Egede, Hans

Egede, Hans (häns āˈgədə), 1686–1758, Norwegian Lutheran missionary, called the Apostle of Greenland. He went to Greenland in 1721 and, with the support of the Danish government, founded a mission for the Eskimo. He also helped to initiate trade between Denmark and Greenland. He returned to Copenhagen in 1736 to become principal of a seminary that trained missionaries for Greenland. His son, Paul Egede, 1708–89, also a missionary to Greenland, completed a translation of the New Testament for use by the Eskimo.
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