Who Discovered the North Pole

March 25, 2013 · Posted in Antarctic Expeditions · Comments Off on Who Discovered the North Pole 

There is controversy over who the true discoverer of the North Pole really is; the victor who made the first human prints in the arctic snow. There is no doubt, however, that Frederick Albert Cook (June 10, 1865 – August 5, 1940) American explorer and physician, along with another American explorer, Robert Edwin Peary, Sr. (May 6, 1856 – February 20, 1920), both claimed (though separately achieved) to have  reached the ultimate unconquered destination; the cold barren land at the geographic north point of  the Earth’s axis of rotation, where children imagine Santa Claus lives. (A caveat is not to confuse geographic north with magnetic north). We are referring to the discovery of geographic north in this article.

Taken from the Research History collection of documents you can view a visual below of Cook and Perry’s journeys made in the first decade of the early 20th century. To clearly see the routes, click to enlarge image. (Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a high resolution print.)

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Read more here:

National Geographic North Pole Facts

Smithsonian Magazine Cook vs Peary