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Stunning Photos From the Peary-Henson North Pole Expedition

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This is from Mental Floss.

Amazing story and pictures.

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On July 6, 1908, the Roosevelt set sail from New York City’s 24th Street Pier. The ship would only travel as far north as Cape Sheridan on the Canadian Ellesmere Island, but two of the men on board—Robert Peary and his assistant of 22 years, Matthew Henson—were headed for a more ambitious final destination: The North Pole, which had yet to be reached by mankind.

After leaving New York, the Roosevelt traveled to Etah in Greenland to meet up with a team of Inuit guides and sled dogs. Henson earned the trust of the Inuit people by learning their language and customs, earning himself the Inuit nickname “Maripaluk,” or “Matthew the kind one.”

After anchoring the boat, six teams of men and dogs set out from Cape Crane. Five of these teams would drop off supplies along…

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