Shown here in dress uniform, Maine resident Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary claimed his arrival at the North Pole on April 6, 1909.
Peary reached the 90° latitude with the help of Matthew Henson, his African-American assistant, and four Inuit men: Ootah, Egigingwah, Seegloo, and Ooqueah. Although still debated, the United States Government officially recognized the group in 1911 as the first to reach the North Pole.
Peary made his home on Eagle Island, a site today operated and maintained by Maine's Bureau of Parks and Lands.
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