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Topics in Chronicling America - Race to the South Pole

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and British explorer Robert F. Scott compete for the last great geographical discovery prize of the world- the South Pole. However, treacherous conditions quickly make the journey dangerous. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • September 1909: The North Pole is discovered, and Robert F. Scott announces his South Pole expedition on the Terra Nova.
  • March 7, 1912: Roald Amundsen reports by telegram that is expedition successfully reached the South Pole in December 1911.
  • April 1912 – February 1913: Reports indicate that Scott did not reach the Pole before Amundsen.
  • February 13, 1913: Robert Scott and members of his party perish.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Roald Admunsen, Robert Scott, Explorer Scott, Terra Nova, South Pole.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results, such as limiting the results to 1912-1913 to find articles about Amundsen’s expedition.

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