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Charles Francis Hall: Arctic Studies

In his time, Charles Francis Hall was considered to know more about living in the Arctic than any non-Eskimo (Inuit) in Europe or America. Hall had hoped to find evidence or survivors of the lost Franklin Expedition, and he traveled about the Arctic for more than seven years with the help of two Inuit guides and translators.

The United States Congress authorized Hall to lead an expedition to reach the North Pole. The 1871 he reached the northernmost point attained by any white men up to that time (about 82 north latitude), but there were problems among members of the expedition. Disputes erupted and discipline broke down.

The expedition's ship, Polaris, found a safe haven to winter in the ice, but soon Hall was dead. After taking a cup of coffee, he became violently sick and accused some of the officers of poisoning him.

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