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Negro Explorer at the North Pole

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Matthew A. Henson's book "Negro Explorer at the North Pole" sheds light on the remarkable journey of an African American explorer who played a crucial role in exploring the North Pole. Henson's vivid storytelling captures the difficulties and triumphs of his voyage, from battling harsh Arctic conditions to overcoming the racial barriers of his time.

The book not only highlights Henson's incredible determination and resilience but also serves as a powerful reminder of the often overlooked contributions of Black explorers in history. It is a compelling read that transports readers to a frozen world of danger and wonder, leaving them in awe of Henson's bravery and perseverance.

Overall, "Negro Explorer at the North Pole" is a captivating and important work that brings to light an often forgotten chapter of exploration and showcases the extraordinary achievements of a trailblazing figure. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring the untold stories of historical figures and the triumph of the human spirit.

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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...." (Publishers Weekly)

"An original document.... One of the giants of polar exploration, Henson had the graceful modesty of genuinely big men.... The world would know even more about him now if his commander, Peary, had been less an egotist and more generous in sharing credit for his discovery of the North Pole." (Washington Post Book World)

"A really valuable addition to the literature of [polar exploration].... Filled with incident, occupation, description, emotion, [and] comment." (The New York Times)


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