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Antarctic waters are seen for the first time
Antarctic waters are seen for the first time
Research suggests Maori navigators were likely the first humans to set eyes on Antarctic waters.
Man crosses the Antarctic Circle
1773
Man crosses the Antarctic Circle
Captain James Cook is the first recorded European navigator to cross, though he doesn’t see land.
1820
Antarctica is seen by European explorers
Antarctica is seen by European explorers
Explorers set eyes on Antarctica, though it’s debated whether it was Thaddeus von Bellingshausen or Edward Bransfield.
The furthest south ever travelled
1823
The furthest south ever travelled
Captain James Weddell, after whom the sea is named, sets a record for the furthest south ever travelled.
1831
Northern magnetic pole discovered
Northern magnetic pole discovered
Sir James Clark Ross locates the northern magnetic pole and charts much of Antarctica’s coastline.
Search gets underway for the Northwest Passage
1845
Search gets underway for the Northwest Passage
Sir John Franklin goes in search of the Northwest Passage but none of the 129 men return.
1893
New record set for the North Pole
New record set for the North Pole
Fridtjof Nansen’s sets a new record for the farthest travel north, though he doesn’t make the pole.
Geographic North Pole is reached
1909
Geographic North Pole is reached
Robert Peary claims to reach the geographic North Pole, though it’s disputed by Frederick Cook.
1911
The South Pole is reached
The South Pole is reached
Roald Amundsen becomes the first person to reach the South Pole, a month before Robert Falcon Scott.
Man flies over the South Pole
1929
Man flies over the South Pole
Richard Byrd, Bernt Balchen, Harold June and Ashley McKinley are the first people to fly over the South Pole.
1935
Woman steps foot on Antarctica
Woman steps foot on Antarctica
Danish Norwegian explorer Caroline Mikkelsen is the first woman to set foot on Antarctica.