By Matthew A. Henson,S. Allen Counter,Robert E. Peary
Of all voyages which Henson and Peary undertook, none is extra groundbreaking then their 1909 trip to Greenland, and onto the formerly impenetrable North Pole. including a small staff of 4 local Intuits, Henson and Peary grew to become the 1st crew to ever succeed in the geographic North Pole, endlessly cementing their position as of the best Arctic explorers of all time. In 1937, the Explorer’s membership commemorated that fulfillment, inducting Henson as their first ever African-American member.
In 1912, Henson chronicled his memories of this old trip in a memoir initially entitled A Negro Explorer on the North Pole. Now reissued as First to the North Pole, this variation of Henson’s memoir includes a new foreword by means of Explorer membership president Ted Janulis, emphasizing the significance of Henson’s historical achievements.
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A Journey for the Ages: Matthew Henson and Robert Peary’s Historic North Pole Expedition by Matthew A. Henson,S. Allen Counter,Robert E. Peary