Interrupting this 1912 map’s vast white stretch of “unerforschetes gebiet” (“unexplored territory”) is one journey—that of Ernest Shackleton, who made it deep into Antarctica in January of 1909.
This was not the expedition for which we now remember Shackleton, but an earlier one. Interestingly, though Shackleton’s is the name immortalized on the map, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen beat him to the South Pole itself. Amundsen “was the first to reach the South Pole on Dec. 14, 1911” (polardiscover.whoi.edu).
Click through to see the full-size image and sites of other Antarctic exploration (if you happen to be able to read German, you’ll be in particularly good shape).
Because the details make all the difference between “What?” and “Wow!”