Rhode Island Around
the World - International Mail
1935 Letter from Pangnirtung, North West
to Wayland Smith in Providence, Rhode Island
(Scroll Down for Background and Historical Information)
above letter was sent from the North West Territory
of Canada and franked
with the 1935 King George V and Queen Mary 3 cent issue. This carmine
colored stamp was issued on May 1, 1935. There was no return address
on the envelope.
an Inuit settlement in Nunavut Territory,
(formerly a part of the North
located on Baffin Island, north of Quebec, Canada. The Inuit are an
indigenous people inhabiting the artic regions of Alaska, Greenland
and Canada. They rely on marine mammals, fish, and land animals for
both food, heat and shelter. The Inuit language is grouped under the
Eskimo-Aleut languages. Nunavut means
"Land of the Inuit."
located at 66 degrees 08 minutes North and 65 degrees 45 minutes West
on Baffin Island. The town has a population of 1340 and is situated on
a coastal plain on Pangnirtung Fjord which merges into Cumberland
The Hudson Bay
Company established a trading post here in 1921 and in 1923 the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police also established an office there. It was not
until 1956 that the first teacher arrived in the area. The current
premier of Nunavut Territory was born in Pangnirtung.
The town has one hotel, Auyuittuq
Lodge with 25 rooms and is the closest town to Auyuittuq National
Park. Fishing is one of the town's main industries with Turbot
supplying the main catch.
(The Turbot is a left-sided
flatfish of the sole/flounder family)