Arctic Exploration Highlights
||Event or Notable Happenings
||Franklin mapped almost two thirds of the northern coastline of North America. Unfortunately, during his last expedition, Franklin and his crew disappeared while attempting to chart the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic.
||Twelve Different Countries
||First IPY took place with 13 Arctic stations being set up
||Completed first successful navigation of the Northwest passage
||Frederick Albert Cook
||Is noted for his supposed claim of reaching the North Pole first. His trek around Arctic islands is legitimate, but his claim of reaching the North Pole is doubtful.
|April 7, 1909
||Became the first to reach the Geographic North Pole
||With Peary and four other Inuit men, became the first to reach the Geographic North Pole. Wrote a book about his explorations titled "A Negro Explorer at the North Pole".
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