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- proper n. Sea route through the Arctic Ocean, connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean.
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- adj. a passage or communication by sea between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans along the north coast of America, long sought for by navigators.
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- n. a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean 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)
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Buddy Ebsen was also in an even older show called Northwest Passage
The Northwest Passage has been a focal point for both environmentalists and shipping companies for years.
It's true, not even the North Pole is safe from tourists; a Chicago-based company called Northwest Passage has been booking trips there since 1993.
People sail for the Northwest Passage, which is nothing when you have found it.
But Canada calls the Northwest Passage an internal waterway, and maintains it has the right to regulate and protect the passage.
Canadians are overwhelmingly convinced that the Northwest Passage is a sovereign Canadian waterway, the report suggests, but none of the other countries share this view.
What I would like to know is why it's called the Northwest Passage if it wasn't PREVIOUSLY navigable?
You seem to be suggesting that the existance of a Northwest Passage is a new phenomenon.
The Northwest Passage is a strait used for international navigation, and the Northern Sea Route includes straits used for international navigation; the regime of transit passage applies to passage through those straits.
Consider the Northwest Passage, which is turning into an ice-free corridor from Europe to Asia during the summer months.