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History of the exploration of Antartica cannot be fully said without mentioning the expoits of the Welsh Australian geologist Sir Edgeworth David who had close ties with many famous explorers of his time and has personally led several missions on the frozen continent.
Ernest Shacketon is today remembered as one of the most popular explorers of the Antarctic. During his life he led several missions to the frozen continent, managing to reach as close as 102 miles from the pole.
George Vancouver was famous British Navy officer and navigator who is today best remembered by the Canadian city of Vancouver which carries his name. Here you can read more about his life, exploratory missions and other achievements.
Modern history remembers James Cook as one of the most important naval officers of the British naval fleet. During his life he performed several expeditions in the Pacific, discovered Hawaii and tried to discovered way through Northwestern Passage.
Joseph Banks is remembered in the history of World and England as one of the most influential botanists and scientific patrons of his time. During his long life he was invested in both personal exploration efforts and managing several notable scientific institutions.
The end of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration did not mean that Antarctic had no more challenges left in it. This was proved by British explorer and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes who managed to cross Antarctic on foot and visit south pole.
Simon Fraser is today remembered as one of the important figures in the 19th history of Canada, whose exploits as explorer and cartographer formed the modern borders of British Columbia.