Open water up to the Pole


Date:8th March 2018
Place:Swakopmund Museum


Dr I.J. Demhard will give a presentation titled:

“Open water up to the Pole … – Assumptions, Surprises and Discoveries in the Arctic”

After the defeat of Napoleon and a hibernation of almost two centuries, the pushes for the Northeast and Northwest Passages were renewed and ushered in the heydays of European discoveries in the Arctic. By touching on all the major archipelagos and islands north of the Arctic Circle (Novaya Zemlya, Franz-Josef-Land, New Siberian Islands, Wrangel-Land, Canadian Arctic Archipelago and Greenland) the lecture traces the main events of polar exploration, following along maps and charts logging the progress throughout the nineteenth century, right up to the ever disputed ‘conquest’ of the Pole in 1908/09.

About the presenter:

Dr. Imre Josef Demhardt is a historian and geographer, holding the Garrett Chair in the History of Cartography at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests and publications include global explorations from the Age of Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century.

Image: Discovery of Franz-Joseph-Fjord, 1870 (in: Petermann’s Mittheilungen, 17 [1871])

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