Saturday, November 17, 2012

This Day in History November 17, 1820

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I wonder if you knew about this particular date in history--I sure didn't!  On this date in 1820, Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first person to see Antarctica.  He was on his ship "Hero" at the time, and later a portion of the continent (the part you see in red) was named after him--Palmer Land.  Of course, he only knew this was an area of land he had never seen before.  He wasn't even looking for new land.  He was on a voyage in the South Atlantic looking for new seal rookeries (or colonies of seals).  

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