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Ritenbenck is located in Greenland
Location within Greenland

Ritenbenck or Ritenbenk (Greenlandic: Appat) is a former settlement on Appat Island in the Qaasuitsup municipality in northwestern Greenland. The island is located in the Uummannaq Fjord.

The settlement Ritenbenk seen from the north. Photo: Th. N. Krabbe 1889-1909

Ritenbenck was founded in 1755 by the General Trade Company.[1] The name was an anagram of the GTC's then-chairman Christian August Berckentin (1694–1758).[2]

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  1. ^ Marquardt, Ole. "Change and Continuity in Denmark's Greenland Policy" in The Oldenburg Monarchy: An Underestimated Empire?. Verlag Ludwig (Kiel), 2006.
  2. ^ Del, Anden. "Grønland som del af den bibelske fortælling – en 1700-tals studie". Accessed 2 May 2012. (Danish)

Coordinates: 69°46′01″N 51°19′01″W / 69.767°N 51.317°W / 69.767; -51.317