Matthew Henson's Final Attempt to Reach the North Pole

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In History
  • The Roosevelt leaves New York.

    The Roosevelt leaves New York.
    The Roosevelt left New York on their way to Cape Sheridan to start their expedition.
  • Oyster Bay

    Oyster Bay
    At Oyster Bay, New York, President Theodore Roosevelt came on board to wish them luck.
  • Cape Sheridan

    Cape Sheridan
    The Roosevelt arrived at Cape Sheridan, Matt had to train the new men in dog driving, igloo building, and survival. He made the sledges and the alcohol stoves.
  • Ready to go to the North Pole

    Ready to go to the North Pole
    The men were ready to go to the North Pole. Each man took a special possesion. Each sledge carried 450 pounds of supplies, enough to last one man- 50 days.
  • Heading Out

    Bartlett and Borup left Cape Columbia to pioneer the trail.
  • Matthew's Turn

    Matthew's Turn
    Matthew Henson waited for Peary's command to go and then he took off to the North Pole.
  • Meeting Up Again!

    Meeting Up Again!
    Henson and Pearyt caught up with Bartlett on the Big Lead. They were stuck there, because it hadn't frozen over yet.
  • Still Waiting

    Matt saw the sun finally. The weather was perfect, but they still could not cross the Big Lead.
  • Get Across!!!!

    The Big Lead finally froze over, and the men got across.
  • See you later, Ross Marvin!

    It was Ross Marvin's turn to go back, he wished Matt good luck getting to the pole.
  • Bartlett Jumps to Safety!

    Bartlett Jumps to Safety!
    Peary and Henson caught up to Bartlett. Bartlett was caught on an ice floe, when the ice cracked, and was floating away. Thankfully, he was quick enough to jump to safety.
  • Bartlett's Turn to Go Back!

    Bartlett's Turn to Go Back!
    Bartlett had to go back. He was disappointed, but he understood why Matt should be the one to continue on. Henson and Peary repaired the sledges, and prepared to go on.
  • Peary Leads the Way!

    Peary Leads the Way!
    Robert Peary started out on foot in front of Matthew Henson. Matt saw the full moon and the sun in the sky at the same time.
  • Matt's Dangerous Moment

    Matt's Dangerous Moment
    Matthew Henson fell into the freezing Arctic water and Ootah saved his life.
  • Almost There!!!

    Almost There!!!
    At noon when Peary took measurements he was three miles from the North Pole- Top of the World was so close.
  • Planting the Stars and Stripes

    Planting the Stars and Stripes
    More Information on Matthew HensonMatthew Henson took four more measurements before declding that they had finally reached the North Pole. The men took pictures with the United States flag.
  • Back to the Roosevelt

    Back to the Roosevelt
    Information on Matthew HensonAfter finally reaching the North Pole, Matthew Henson,
    Robert Peary, and the Eskimos arrived back to Cape Columbia and were able to rellax for the first time in 68 days.