Matthew Henson

By Matthew Balke

Intro

"Woof Woof" went the dogs as they were about to reach the North Pole. As the snow was pounding in my face, I finally had made it to the North Pole. As the dogs pull me inch by inch, my heart filled with pride as I got off my sled.

Early Life

Matthew Henson was born on August 8, 1886 in Nanjemoy, Maryland. At the age of 12, he ran away from home. He ran from Baltimore to Washington D.C.. He became a cabin boy on a merchant ship named Katie Hines at 12 years old. While on the ship the captain taught him to read and write. When he was 21 he met Robert E. Peary. Robert Peary is an American explorer.

Adult Life

In his later years he tried to reach the North Pole but he failed. Then he got married to Lucy in New York. Next he went to Greenland and his goal was to chart the whole entire ice cap. Then when he was getting old, he went to try to discover the North Pole again with Peary. In 1909 he had made it to the North Pole with Peary.

Legacy

Matthew Henson was remembered for being the first African American arctic explorer and discovering the North Pole with Peary. He won the Hubbard Medal in 2000. He died on March 9, 1995 so he didn't get to see his medal. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In 1984 his grave was moved next to Peary's grave.

Facts

-Matthew Henson was born on August 8, 1886

-Ran away from home when he was 12

-Worked on a Merchant ship when he was 12

-Met Peary for the first time in 1887

-He made a trip to Greenland 1891

-Discovered the North Pole

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