One hundred years ago, on December 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen and four members of his Norwegian expedition team arrived at the South Pole. Originally, Amundsen intended to be the first to reach the North Pole, but upon learning that Robert Peary and Frederick Cook had already achieved the feat, he made a historic change of plans and set his sights on the South Pole. The late 19th and early 20th centuries race to reach the poles, in which nations vied to be the first to reach the North Pole and subsequently the South Pole was that era’s version of the more recent “space race.”
View images of and associated with explorer Roald Amundsen in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog to see not only portraits of him, but also pictures of his various adventures as a polar explorer.
The South Pole: An Account of the Norwegian Antarctic Expedition in the “Fram,” 1910-1912, Volume 1 is available online from Google Books.