This website contains
a wealth of information
about the controversial American explorer, Dr. Frederick A. Cook.
By using it:
- You can follow
him throughout each of the major
expeditions he participated in.
- You will learn the details of the bitter "Polar
Controversy" caused by his claim after the last of these to have beaten
Robert E. Peary to the North Pole by a year.
- You will find out what happened to Cook after
he was discredited and Peary was acclaimed the first man at the North
- You can read an analysis of Cook’s
story of his conquest of the Pole that uses existing evidence to
determine if it could be true.
- You will be able to see some of the thousands
of items that still attest to the huge popular interest the Polar
- You will learn the disposition of
Cook’s papers, existing diaries and photographs.
- You will be able to hear Cook’s voice
and see a film clip of him arriving in Copenhagen in September 1909.
- You will also be able to see a complete list of
Cook’s published writings and read an analysis of his book My
Attainment of the Pole.
- You will find a list of significant books about
the Polar Controversy for further reading.
- You will be able to follow Cook’s
route in 1908 and see modern scenes along it taken by the foremost
trekker in the area over which Cook traveled.
Through the resources
available on this website,
you will be in a better position to separate the facts from the ongoing
fantasy that still surrounds the Polar Controversy and the man who
stands at its center.
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