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Matthew Henson was the first African American to travel to the North Pole. He was very excited, and he brought the only camera the group had. He left his newly wedded wife Lucy back home.
New York, 1888
Commander Robert Peary lead the expedition to the North Pole. He chose Matthew because of his quick wit and knowledge of nature. Before he went, he gave a speech that explained to everyone how he was going to conquer the "Roof of the World."
I, Commander Robert Peary, will find the North Pole! It is not a dangerous place, it is full of riches! We will be the first to place the American flag in that world!
Commander Peary traveled with Matthew Henson, Dr. Fredrick Cook, and The group braved harsh weather, bodies of freezing water, and doubts of ever reaching the North Pole.
We are never going to get out of this igloo!
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