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Who was first to the Pole?

Two American explorers each claimed to be the first to reach the North Pole.

One was Robert Edwin Peary, who claimed to have reached the Pole on April 6, 1909. The other was Dr. Frederick Cook, who claimed to have reached the "Big Nail" almost a year earlier on April 21, 1908. (Explorers' Routes)

These conflicting claims set off much debate and controversy. The newspapers recognized a good story and vigorously took sides.

Both men had their supporters and their detractors, causing one newspaper to comment: "Cook was a liar and a gentleman, and Peary was neither."

Facts seem to have mattered little in the fray that followed - notice the illustration of Peary and Cook fighting that shows penguins in the Arctic! (Penguins only live in the southern hemisphere.)

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Peary's Supporters, Cook's Supporters,


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