Matthew Henson was the exploration partner of Robert Peary who help make the famous first trip to the north pole back in the early part of the 20th century. Mr. Henson was a skilled dog sled driver and may have been the first man to reach the geographic destination back in 1909 but Robert Peary was widely accredited for the feat. The African American Explorer would eventually move to Harlem at the Dunbar Apartments at 149th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue until he passed away in 1955.
On Dec 14 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team became the first to reach the South Pole – narrowly beating the British team led by Captain Robert Scott | Picture: Illustrated London News
Dr. Leonard Hussey and Samson, members of the Endurance expedition. Photo by Frank Hurley, 1915.Ernest Shackleton set out on this expedition to complete one of the biggest and most ambitious polar journeys ever attempted by man. By dog sled, Shackleton proposed to travel 1800 miles across the Antarctic continent.
Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions. He led the Antarctic expedition to discover the South Pole in December 1911 and he was the first expedition leader to reach the North Pole in 1926.