This makes it the fifth-largest subnational entity (or administrative division) in the world.
If Nunavut were a country, it would rank 15th in area.
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The capital Iqaluit (formerly "Frobisher Bay"), on Baffin Island in the east, was chosen by the 1995 capital plebiscite.
Other major communities include the regional centres of Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay.
So […] you have to consider the possibility that as remote as it may seem, these finds may represent evidence of contact with Europeans prior to the Vikings' arrival in Greenland." The written historical accounts of Nunavut begin in 1576, with an account by English explorer Martin Frobisher.
Other explorers in search of the elusive Northwest Passage followed in the 17th century, including Henry Hudson, William Baffin and Robert Bylot.
The materials were collected in five seasons of excavation at Cape Tanfield.
Scholars determined that these provide evidence of European traders and possibly settlers on Baffin Island, not later than 1000 CE (and thus older than or contemporaneous with L'Anse aux Meadows).
Nunavut comprises a major portion of Northern Canada, and most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Its vast territory makes it the fifth-largest country subdivision in the world, as well as North America's second-largest (after Greenland).