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A Black Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew A. Henson

When Robert F. Peary claimed discovery of the North Pole on April 6, 1909, the only other American to stand beside him was a black man, Matthew A. Henson. A native of Charles County, Maryland, Henson accompanied Peary on eight Arctic journeys between 1891 and 1909. His skill in interpreting the language of the North Greenland Eskimos, in building boats and repairing sledges, and in driving dog teams was essential to the ultimate success of the admiral, who wrote, I cant get along without him. Yet Henson was for the most part ignored, even by Peary, after that historic expedition. nbsp; A Black Explorer at the North Polereminds the reader that where Peary went so did Hensonoften one step ahead as a troubleshooter. Drawing largely on his diaries, Henson describes the voyage of the steamer Roosevelt to Cape Sheridan on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic and the four-hundred-mile trek by dogsled over treacherous ice to the top of the world. nbsp; Susan A. Kaplan, in her introduction to the Bison Book edition, discusses Hensons accomplishments and the current controversy surrounding Pearys claim to discovery of the North Pole.nbsp

Author: Matthew A. Henson

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 199

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Publication Date: 1989-05-01

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ISBN: 0803272456

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