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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.
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 in 1576 and was named Frobisher Bay until 1987.

Iqaluit

a town in N Canada, capital of Nunavut. Pop.: 5236 (2001)