A Negro Explorer at the North Pole

In this fascinating memoir, Matthew Henson describes the incredibly dangerous, exhausting, and bone-chilling trip to what was until then the never-before reached point on earth, the North Pole.

“Robert Peary is remembered as the intrepid explorer who successfully reached the North Pole in 1909. Far less celebrated is his companion, Matthew Henson, a black man from Maryland. Henson’s gripping memoir, first published in 1912, tells this unsung hero’s story in his own words. Henson…was indispensable to the famous explorer’s journey; he learned the language of the Eskimos, was an expert dog-sled driver and even built the sleds….”

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