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Matthew A. Henson's Historic Arctic Journey: The Classic Account of One of the World's Greatest Black Explorers
     

Matthew A. Henson's Historic Arctic Journey: The Classic Account of One of the World's Greatest Black Explorers

by Matthew A. Henson
 

From chapter one


“When the news of the discovery of the North Pole, by Commander Peary, was first sent to the world, a distinguished citizen of New York City, well versed in the affairs of the Peary Arctic Club, made the statement, that he was sure that Matt Henson had been with Commander Peary on the day of the discovery. There were not

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From chapter one


“When the news of the discovery of the North Pole, by Commander Peary, was first sent to the world, a distinguished citizen of New York City, well versed in the affairs of the Peary Arctic Club, made the statement, that he was sure that Matt Henson had been with Commander Peary on the day of the discovery. There were not many people who knew who Henson was, or the reason why the gentleman had made the remark, and, when asked why he was so certain, he explained that, for the best part of the twenty years of Commander Peary’s Arctic work, his faithful and often only companion was Matthew Alexander Henson.

 “Today there is more general knowledge of Commander Peary, his work and his success, and a vague understanding of the fact that Commander Peary’s sole companion from the realm of civilization, when he stood at the North Pole, was Matthew A. Henson, a Colored Man.

 “To satisfy the demand of perfectly natural curiosity, I have undertaken to write a brief autobiography of my Arctic work.”
—Matthew A. Henson, 1912

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599213088
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/24/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew A. Henson (1866–1955), who was orphaned at age eleven and eventually found employment as a cabin boy on a ship, met Robert Peary in 1887 and later served as his assistant on seven expeditions over nearly a quarter of a century. Later in life Henson was elected to The Explorers Club in New York, and in 1988 his remains were reinterred in Arlington National Cemetery near Peary’s monument.

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