April 20, 2007

Saturday, 20 April 1907


Nansen persuaded the Norwegian government to grant Amundsen 40,000 kroner, at the time about £2,200, on condition that the ethnographical collection of Netsilik artifacts made on the Gjøa be given to the state. (Amundsen had in fact already offered to make such a gift.) The grant would clear most of Amundsen's debts from the Northwest Passage and allow funds collected on his forthcoming lecture tour in America to be used for a new expedition.