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Robert Peary graduated from Maine's Bowdoin College in 1877 and then joined the U.S. Navy Corps of Engineers in 1881. This experience gave Henry a drive to explore the Arctic.
Matthew Henson began traveling the world at age 12 as a cabin boy on a merchant ship. He was also an American civil engineer.
Peary and Henson first met in 1888. They decided they wanted to explore Greenland and try and make it to the North Pole together.
They brought their expedition before the American Geographical Society of New York for approval.
Throughout the 1890s they explored Greenland in depth. However, their greatest find was in 1909 when they departed for the North Pole.
Once in the Arctic, they traveled by by dogsled. On April 6th, 1909, they claimed to have reached the North Pole. Modern scientists claim that they were, in reality, a few miles off. (McCammack 1-2).
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