Explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reportedly reach the North Pole

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Historical Context Note

On the 6th of April, 1909 American explorer Robert Peary (6th May, 1856 - 20th February, 1920) and his associate Matthew Henson (8th August, 1866 - 9th March, 1955) claimed they had become the first party to reach the North Pole. However, Dr. Frederick Cook (10th June, 1865 - 5th August, 1940) declared he had reached the Pole a year earlier in 1908, and Peary's claim is still disputed.

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Editors. "Explorers Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reportedly reach the North Pole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 December 2011
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