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Through the First Antarctic Night (1900)

- June 21, 2019 in antarctica, aurora borealis, darkness, exploration, Frederick Cook, light, midwinter, midwinter south pole, penguins, Roald Amundsen, south pole

Journal of one of the first to spend winter on Antarctica, including more than 2 months of total darkness.

The Long, Forgotten Walk of David Ingram

- June 28, 2017 in american indians, colonialisation, colonialism, Culture & History, david ingram, exploration, first person to cross america, john dee, john hawkins, native americans, privateers, Richard Hakluyt

If three shipwrecked English sailors really did travel by foot from Florida to Newfoundland in 1569 then it would certainly count as one of the most remarkable walks undertaken in recorded history. Although the account's more fantastical elements, such as the sighting of elephants, have spurred many to consign it to the fiction department, John Toohey argues for a second look.

Richard Hakluyt and Early English Travel

- October 26, 2016 in Assan Aga, Books, colonialism, Culture & History, exploration, Richard Hakluyt, Samson Rowlie, travel

The Principles of Navigation, Richard Hakluyt's great championing of Elizabethan colonial exploration, remains one of the most important collections of English travel writing ever published. As well as the escapades of famed names such as Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, Nandini Das looks at how the book preserves many stories of lesser known figures that surely would have been otherwise lost.

Forgotten Failures of African Exploration

- April 22, 2015 in africa, colonialism, congo river, Culture & History, expedition, exploration, John H. Tuckey, Major William Gray

Dane Kennedy reflects on two disastrous expeditions into Africa organised by the British in the early-19th century, and how their lofty ambitions crumbled before the implacable realities of the continent.

1592: Coining Columbus

- April 16, 2014 in america, Art & Illustrations, Books, Christopher columbus, colonialism, Culture & History, exploration

For many the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a tropical beach formally announcing their presence to the dumbfounded Amerindians. Michiel van Groesen explores the origins of this eurocentric iconography and ascribes it's persistence to the editorial strategy of the publisher who invented the initial design a full century after Columbus' encounter took place.