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Peary’s North Pole Pursuit among Most Contentious Discoveries (TopTenz) Archives

American flag and sledges at the North Pole in April 1909 during Robert Peary's expedition.

The controversy over just who reached the North Pole first – Naval engineer, explorer and Bowdoin alumnus Robert Peary, or American adventurer Frederick Cook – is as old as their respective expeditions, which were completed just a year apart, in 1908 and 1909, earning the #9 spot on the “Top 10 Invention and Discovery Controversies.”

Upon the centennial of Peary’s claim, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center Director Susan Kaplan wrote of the controversy and the epic journey taken by Peary and his crew.