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Freemansundet is the sound separating Barentsøya, to the north, from Edgeøya, in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway. It is named after Alderman Ralph Freeman, who was involved in the English whaling trade in the early 17th century.[1] The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is a seasonal visitor to the Freemansundet; this species has a genetically distinct deme within the Barents Sea region.[2]



  1. ^ W. M. Conway, 1906. No Man’s Land: A History of Spitsbergen from Its Discovery in 1596 to the Beginning of the Scientific Exploration of the Country. Cambridge: At the University Press.
  2. ^ C. Michael Hogan (2008) Polar Bear: Ursus maritimus,, ed. Nicklas Stromberg[permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 78°13′N 21°19′E / 78.217°N 21.317°E / 78.217; 21.317