History of Antarctica Timeline

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  • January 1773

    January 1773
    Captain James Cook crosses the Antarctic Circle
  • Bellingshausen Crosses the Antarctic Circle

    Bellingshausen Crosses the Antarctic Circle
    Bellingshausen a Russian crosses the Antarctic circle since Cook. He was the first to make a sighting of the continent reaching 69° 21'S, 2° 14'W
  • A Continent is Discovered

    A Continent is Discovered
    First time continent was truly discovered. There weren't any native people living there.
  • First Known Landing

    First Known Landing
    American sealer Captain John Davis was know as the first person to step foot on Antarctica
  • First Sea Discovered

    First Sea Discovered
    British whaler James Weddell discovers the sea named after himself. He then reaches the most southern point at the time 74° 15' S. No one else manages to cross Weddell gain for 80 years.
  • Stuck In Ice

    Adrien De Gerlache and his crew became trapped in a pack of ice of the Antartic peninsula. They became the first to survive an Antartic Winter.
  • Carsten Borchgrevink Expedition to Cape Adare

    Carsten Borchgrevink Expedition to Cape Adare
    Carsten Borchgrevink lead a British expedition that landed men at Cape Adare and built huts. It was the first time anyone had landed on the antartic land mass. It is believed by some people to be the first confirmed landing on Antartica.
  • Captain Scott Expedition

    Captain Scott leads his first Antartic Expedition to try and reach the South Pole with Ernest Shackelton and Edward Wilson. 2 months later they were forced to turn back due to suffering from snow blindness and scurvy from freezing conditions.
  • 1907-1909

    1907-1909
    Ernest Shackelton leads an expedition the South Pole and is forced to turn back after supplies run out.
  • An Australian goes to the South Pole

    An Australian goes to the South Pole
    Australian Douglas Mawson reaches the South Magnetic Pole.
  • First Person to reach the South Pole

    First Person to reach the South Pole
    Norwegian Roald Amundsen leads a five man expedition which reaches the south pole for the first. Go to this link to find out more about Amundsen
    time.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW5p7ANwAU4
  • Journey to South Pole

    Journey to South Pole
    Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole to discover he has been beaten by Amundsen. All of his 5 man crew perished 11 miles from the return trip to the supply depot. Their bodies were not discovered until November later that year.
  • Douglas Mawson Survies a Long Journey Home

    Dougal Mawson begins his trek across George V Land to his base at Commonwealth Bay. His two companions died along the way but fortunately he makes it home.
  • Ernest Shackleton Returns to Antartica

    Ernest Shackleton Returns to Antartica
    Ernest Shackleton returns to Antarctica in an attempt to complete the first crossing of the continent. The goal is no accomplished, but one of the great adventures of all time follows. Their ship is crushed in sea ice and a small party sets out for South Georgia and the whaling station. The party is eventually rescued in 1917.
  • First to Fly Over Antartica

    First to Fly Over Antartica
    Australian Sir Hubert Wilkins and American Carl Benjamin Eielson are the first to fly over Antarctica over the Peninsula region.
  • First to Fly Over The South Pole

    Richard E Byrd and three other Americans become the first to fly over the South Pole.
  • First Women to Set Foot on Antarica

    First Women to Set Foot on Antarica
    Caroline Mikkelsen from Norway is the first woman to set foot on Antarctica when she accompanies her husband.
  • USA Sends Largest Expedition

    USA  Sends Largest Expedition
    USA sends over 4700 men, 13 ships and 23 airplanes to Antarctica.
    Most of the coast is photographed for map making.
  • First People Since Scott

    US aircraft lands at South Pole.
    It was the first people there since Scott and his team in 1912
  • International Geophysical Year 1957 - 1958

    International Geophysical Year 1957 - 1958
    12 Nations establish over 60 stations in Antarctica. Its the beginning of international cooperation of Antarctica and the start of the process by which Antarctica becomes "non- national"
  • Boerge Ousland Cosses Antarica Unsupported

    Boerge Ousland Cosses Antarica Unsupported
    Boerge Ousland from Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica unsupported. Taking only 64 days from Berkner Island to Scott base towing 180kg sled and using skis and a sail
  • International Polar Year 2007 - 2009

    International Polar Year 2007 - 2009
    Researches get the opportunity to work in both polar regions in either summer and winter if they wish
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