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By Robert M. Bryce

On September 1, 1909, Frederick A. cook dinner introduced that he had reached the North Pole. 5 days later Commander Robert E. Peary claimed the distinction. via his thoroughly documented examine, writer Robert Bryce reconstructs occasions and offers the explorers, their motivations, and their accomplishments of their personal phrases and within the phrases in their contemporaries. one hundred twenty five images.

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Applications poured in from eager young men hoping to find a place in Lieutenant Peary's adventure. 28 Gibson described himself as a lifelong sportsman, skilled in handling boats, who had explored the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. , he said, adept at preparing bird skins.  Peary waived the cost of the outfit.  Other, weightier considerations took precedence.  Would like to accompany you fully realizing that the chances may be nine out of ten that I would never return.  If you decide not to have me with you, do not take the trouble of answering, but treat this communication as confidential though you may have received many others similar.

He determined on another expedition that would succeed in crossing Greenland.  .  But another opportunity to gain what he most desired caused Peary to put aside his dreams of Greenland—at least for the moment.  Bert Peary proposed in September 1887.  They honeymooned in Seabright, New Jersey; Mary Peary accompanied them.  But Lieutenant Peary, though assigned routine duties in the dockyards in New York and Philadelphia, had not lost his dream of having his name before the world.  Peary soon saw that nothing that could fulfill his deepest desire would come out of his struggles in the jungles of Central America.

At first, his mother would not permit her only son to venture his life on such a seemingly senseless aim, but she finally relented in light of Bert's pleading and lent him $500 to mount the attempt.  Maigaard, lacking a sweetheart, though every bit as romantic as Peary, named his "Princess Thyra," after the youngest of the Danish princesses. 17 Despite having no experience and little suitable equipment, the two men had progressed about 100 miles into the utterly unknown interior.  .  He determined on another expedition that would succeed in crossing Greenland.

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