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Iqaluit(ĭkälo͞o`ĭt), town (1996 pop. 4,220), Nunavut Territory, Canada, at the NE head of Frobisher Bay on S Baffin Island. Capital of Nunavut since the territory's creation in 1999, it is a communications and transportation center for the eastern Arctic. Its activities include fishing, sealing, trapping, and the making of crafts. It was explored by Sir Martin FrobisherFrobisher, Sir Martin
, 1535?–1594, English mariner. He went to sea as a boy, and spent much of his youth in the African trade. He later gained the friendship of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, through whom he became interested in the Northwest Passage.
..... Click the link for more information. in 1576 and was named Frobisher Bay until 1987.
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a town in N Canada, capital of Nunavut. Pop.: 5236 (2001)
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