A biography of the black explorer who discovered the north pole. Matthew henson africanamerican arctic explorer postcard. Far less celebrated is his companion, matthew henson, a black man from maryland. The story of matthew henson trailblazer biographies ferris, jeri on. Largely ignored for nearly a century, matthew henson made big contributions to polar. Yet few people know that peary was joined on this grueling, historymaking journey by fellow explorer matthew henson. This set contains the key vocabulary words from the 4th grade open court reading story, arctic explorer. Henson 18661955 in this fascinating memoir, matthew henson describes the incredibly dangerous, exhausting, and bonechilling trip to what was until then the neverbefore reached point on earth, the north pole. They spent a total of 18 years on expeditions together. Matthew henson didnt walk all the way from washington, d. Jeri ferris a biography of the black explorer who discovered the north pole. The vapors quickly resolved themselves into the exhalations of a team of dogs. Historic photos celebrate pioneering black explorer. Robert pearys legacy would be cemented in history books from that point forward, but due to his skin color, matthew henson.
American animals arctic arctic ocean arrived bartlett bear blocks boat called camp cape captain claim close cold cook cross death decided diary dogs eskimos expedition explorer feet finally four frozen gold gone greenland hand headed heard henson and peary hole honor house ice cap igloo island kite knew land later lead learned looked macmillan. Henson s gripping memoir, first published in 1912, tells this unsung heros story in his own words. Polar explorer, i learned about matthew henson, who together with robert peary became the first men to reach the north pole. Matthew henson may have been the first person to stand at the north pole. Matthew alexander henson 1866 1955 was the first africanamerican arctic explorer, an associate of robert peary on seven voyages over a period of nearly 23 years.
A negro explorer at the north pole audiobook matthew a. Explore the concept of courage with your class by reading a biography about matthew henson, an africanamerican explorer who overcame hardships and obstacles to accomplished something no one else had done before. Feb 10, 2018 peary himself later downplayed hensons role, and peary and henson parted ways. In 1887 henson met robert peary and they went on their first expedition together.
Robert peary is remembered as the intrepid explorer who successfully reached the north pole in 1909. For more information about matthew henson, also read kirk ward robinsons founding courage. Matthew henson was the first african american explorer to. Henson 1866 1955 in this fascinating memoir, matthew henson describes the. Dec 26, 2007 i love a book where you come away with knowledge of someone or something you had absolutely no idea existed. A negro explorer at the north pole a short biography for children matthew henson started as valet to explorer robert edwin peary, and ended up as one of the first men to reach the north pole with peary in 1909. Along the way, your students will practice reading maps about the arctic. By age 12 he was already a bit of an explorer, having gone to sea as a cabin boy on the ship the katie hines.
What happened to matthew henson after the expeditions were over. Explore our editors picks for the best kids books of the month. Those who seek to gain rightful honors for henson as a leading black arctic explorer observe that peary always maintained he could not get along without him. How would you feel if you discovered the north pole but were not given any credit. Adventure gap by james edward mills to be published this fall by the mountaineers books. This site is like a library, use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Click download or read online button to get amazing arctic explorer matthew henson book now. Worldtelegram photo by roger higgins courtesy of library of congress. Amazing arctic explorer matthew henson amazing americans. Reviewed by jaglvr for in a time when the race to be the first to reach the north pole was as daunting as flying to the moon, matthew henson was at the forefront of the most historic quest of his time. But before this happened, henson published his memoir, a negro explorer at the north pole 1912, which included a foreword and praise by peary. Matthew henson, the arctic explorer who stood on top of the world. Explorer robert edwin peary hired henson as his valet for expeditions.
The story of matthew henson trailblazer biographies may be found by selecting the categories below. Henson s worldfamous arctic journey originally published in 1912 as a negro explorer at the north pole by the renowned african american explorer matthew henson, this compelling firsthand account describes the journey he undertook with robert peary three years earlier to reach the north pole. The story of matthew henson has 2 available editions to buy at half price books marketplace. An arctic explorer, a museum, and the betrayal of the inuit people. Dec 16, 2014 a negro explorer at the north pole audiobook matthew a. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Matthew henson was an accomplished africanamerican explorer who, along with robert peary, was one the first men to reach the north pole. I, matthew henson is written by carole boston weatherford and illustrated by eric velasquez. Arctic, matthew henson, exploration, north pole, lesson plans, unit studies, teacher resource. The autobiography of matthew henson by henson, matthew a. Arctic explorer henson and peary defy cold death in a race to the north pole. Matthew hensonartic explorer by michael gilman, paperback.
Henson described his journeys in a book entitled a negro explorer at the north pole which was published in 1912. This activity was created by a quia web subscriber. African american history matthew henson, arctic explorer. Henson, this compelling firsthand account describes the journey henson had undertaken with robert e. In all, matthew henson accompanied robert peary on voyages and expeditions for a period of nearly 23 years. The story of matthew henson trailblazer biographies. Amazing arctic explorer matthew henson amazing americans enslow publishers by mary dodson wade. Mathew a henson was born on august 8, 1866 in maryland.
Matthew henson, pioneering black polar explorer, in historic pictures. The inside story of the african american explorer who was the first. Matthew henson was an arctic explorer who was born in 1866 and died in 1955. Amazing arctic explorer matthew henson download ebook. Although his team reached the pole in 1909, henson wouldnt be recognized for it until years later. He ran away from home at the age of and had many adventures after that. Henson s determination, courage, and willingness to seize opportunity are woven through this poetic narrative with eyegrabbing illustrations. Peary gained a great deal of fame for commanding the expeditions to the arctic, writing books, and lecturing across the country. Choose from 3 different sets of matthew henson arctic explorer flashcards on quizlet. Rightclick on the image to download save target as the kidspiration template.
In 1937, a 70yearold henson finally received the acknowledgements he deserved. Woodson outstanding merit book, a national science teachers association book, childrens book council notable childrens trade book in the field of social studies. Henson was 43 years old when he and peary traveled to the north pole. As pearys servant, henson journeyed to nicaragua in 1867 in search of a route to link the atlantic and pacific oceans. Learn matthew henson arctic explorer with free interactive flashcards. Henson recorded his arctic memoirs in 1912, in the book a negro explorer at the north pole. The story of matthew henson maryland voluntary state curriculum. He had a rough childhood when both of his parents died when he was young. He is best known for his participation in the 19081909 expedition that claimed to have reached the geographic north pole on april 6, 1909. Matthew alexander henson august 8, 1866 march 9, 1955 was an american explorer who accompanied robert peary on seven voyages to the arctic over a. In the book he modestly described himself as a general assistant, skilled craftsperson, interpreter, and laborer and described his relationship with perry and the inuit. Matthew henson was the first african american explorer to reach the north pole. Matthew henson, explorer, in 1953 holding a portrait of robert e.
A phalanx of notables turned out yesterday to honor the memory and arctic accomplishments of explorer matthew a. Jan 01, 2009 a riveting account of africanamerican explorer matthew henson s 1909 journey to the north pole with admiral peary many know the story of robert peary s great 1909 expedition to reach the north pole. Learn henson arctic explorer with free interactive flashcards. This miniunit is a 4 day unit on arctic explorer matthew henson, codiscoverer of the north pole. Discover how inuits and african americans had an instant bond. Matthew henson was not meant to lead an ordinary life. Choose from 38 different sets of henson arctic explorer flashcards on quizlet. The arctic explorer rediscovered the washington post. Peary taken during an expedition to the north pole. He reached the pole as a member of an expedition to the arctic led by the explorer robert e. Henson did such a remarkable job that he was invited to explore the far north. These insightful biographies highlight men and women who have strugg. They took him from the port of baltimore, around the world, and north to the pole. Still, the book is written in matthew henson s voice, and is worth reading if only to know him better.
He came home and spent the next 30 years working as a clerk at a new york federal customs house. The autobiography of matthew henson by matthew henson online at alibris. Henson s historic arctic journey originally published in 1912 as a negro explorer at the north pole by the renowned africanamerican explorer matthew a. I, matthew henson by carole boston weatherford scholastic. Matthew henson was an africanamerican explorer who discovered the north pole with robert e. Henson a negro explorer at the north pole matthew a. Amazing arctic explorer matthew henson explores the life of the. Matthew alexander henson august 8, 1866 march 9, 1955 was an american explorer who accompanied robert peary on seven voyages to the arctic over a period of nearly 23 years.1427 1143 1219 845 38 1456 1497 510 217 1215 33 470 427 408 671 1084 113 1204 1339 551 69 484 325 1296 1094 928 673 1267 88 79 99