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3 Jul 2017




A Negro Explorer at the North Pole (illustrated)

by Matthew Alexander Henson


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Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was the first African-American Arctic explorer, an associate of Robert Peary on seven voyages over a period of nearly 23 years. They made six voyages and spent a total of 18 years in expeditions. Henson served as a navigator and craftsman, traded with Inuit and learned their language, and was known as Peary's "first man" for these arduous travels.

When Commander Robert Peary reached the North Pole on April 6, 1909, one other American was with him—Matthew...