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The Little Ice Age

The Little Ice Age (1560-1850) brought bitterly cold winters to parts of northern Europe and North America. This had a devastating affect on agriculture, health, economics, and exploration. For example:

1. Increased ice kept whales out of the Arctic seas - forcing native people to adapt from whale hunting to seal hunting.

2. During this period, all European searches for a Northwest Passage to Asia failed due to heavy ice.

3. Glaciers advanced in Europe - some gradually engulfed farms or crushed entire villages.

4. The Thames river in England and the canals and rivers of the Netherlands often froze over. People skated on the ice while ships were frozen in the harbors (Picture).

5. Advancing glaciers in Iceland destroyed farms. Sea ice extended so far around the island that it closed the harbors to shipping.

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