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I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Great South Land.
There were at least two milestones in the history of Antarctica on this day.
In 1773, Captain James Cook was the first recorded explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle in his ship Resolution.
Then, in 1912, the legendary, doomed, Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole only to find the Norwegian Roald Amundsen had beaten him to it a month earlier.
"Scott, Wilson, Oates, Bowers, and Seaman Evans reached the South Pole on 17th January, 1912, a horrible day, temperatures 22 below zero. The party fixed the exact spot by means of one of our little four-inch theodolites, and the result of their careful observations located the Pole at a point which only differed from Amundsen's "fix" by half a mile, as shown by his flag....
.....Scott and his companions had done their best, and never from one of them came an uncharitable remark. .....
.....The Norwegian explorers' names ..... were: Roald Amundsen, Olaf Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Oskar Wisting, Sverre Hassel."
South with Scott, E.R.G.R. Evans, 1921.


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