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Disko Bay - Qasigiannguit Greenland

Disko Bay is located on the western coast of the country Greenland. This bay also makes an artful way in to the Baffin Bay from the southeast. The intricate southern coastline of the bay has been woven by an array of skerries and islets. These fall under a vast group of islands known as Aasiaat. The two major human habitat locations at the south east inlet to the Baffin Bay are Ilimanaq and Qasigiannguit. These are near to the area where the water flows in abundance in Ilulissat Icefjord.

Qeqertarsuaq hugs the bay from the north. Qeqertarsuaq also enjoys the status of being the largest island in the whole west coast. The bay changes itself into the Sullorsuaq Strait at the north Ilulissat and west Aluttoq Island. The bay here also takes the role of isolating Qeqertarsuaq or Godhavn from Nuussuaq Peninsula.

The coastline of Disko Bay was first explored by Europeans. After people started nestling in the western coast of the country, Greenland in 985 AD, Norsemen also migrated to these western settlements. Soon after that Norsemen explored the Disko Bay. There were mammals called walrus from which the natives obtained ivory. The seals were hunted for pelts and whales were also darted to derive many useful materials from them. The commerce flourished in the settlement as the settlers started trading ivory, pelt and various other materials particularly to the traders of Europe, Iceland, and British Isles.

With the onslaught of Little Ice Age, the Disco Bay was abandoned. The people left this place because the bay became too cold and unfavourable for human habitat. In 1857 third expedition to the Greenland was taken. The bay soon started receiving Dutch as well as English whalers.
 

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