Political map of the Arctic & the Far North 5 August 1892 (Opening up Greenland): For more than a century, Denmark's Royal Greenland Trading Company (KGH) had administered Greenland in a strict monopoly which nonetheless minimized interference in the local Inuit communities. Then in the 1880s and '90s explorers from Sweden-Norway and the US began making expeditions across Greenland's interior, showing that it was an island rather than the peninsula of a supposed Arctic continent (Peary expedition to Greenland of 1891%E2%80%9392). With the increase in foreign influence, Denmark expanded its control over Greenland, ultimately taking over from the KGH in 1908.