Roald Amundsen becomes first explorer to reach the South Pole

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Rose Pena, Editor

110 years ago today, Norwegian explorer, Roald Amundsen, became the first person in history to reach the South Pole on December 14th, 1911. He beat his rival, British explorer, Robert Falcon Scott. 

Roald was born in Borge, on July 16th, 1872. Roald wanted to be the first person to reach the North Pole but was disappointed to hear that American Robert Peary had reached the destination before him. He then decided to go to the South Pole. 


He finished his preparations and on June 10th, 1910, and sailed towards Antarctica. On his way over there, he found out that Robert Falcon Scott was also heading to Antarctica. On December 14, 1911, Amundsen’s expedition won the race to the Pole and returned safely to base camp in late January.