The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Cape Prince of Wales

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_112

Cape Prince of Wales – the westernmost mainland point of North America, located in the Bering Strait on the Seward Peninsula (Alaska, USA), where the Chukchi and the Bering Seas separate. From Cape Prince of Wales to Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of mainland Eurasia, the distance is 86 km. The cape was named in 1778 by the English navigator James Cook in honor of the heir to the British throne, the future King George IV (1762–1830). The former Eskimo name of the Cape is Nykhta. Vitus Bering, in 1728, called the Cape – Cape Gvozdeva. Near Cape Prince of Wales, there is a small village.

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