Labrador has fascinated Europeans and North Americans for centuries. Explorers, researchers, and missionaries have been drawn by its people, geology, natural history, and geography. To the indigenous peoples, the Inuit and the Innu, who have learned to live off the bounty of a difficult land, this northern place is home. Since the 1860s, many of Labrador's explorers and researchers have been associated with Bowdoin College. Among them, Donald B. MacMillan has a special place. His work in Labrador spanned nearly fifty years and was an important link between early exploration, natural history studies, and modern scientific research.
Down the Labrador
explores the people and places of Labrador as explored by MacMillan and his colleagues.
Pictured above: Schooner Bowdoin and Airplane in Labrador, 1931. Photograph by Donald Baxter MacMillan.