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Fort Conger - Ellesmere Island, NU (13/26)

This title is a part of the series HistoryLands Season 1 (13)

Catalogue Number:  GEHL13
Producer:  Good Earth Productions
Subject:  Canadian Geography, Canadian History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1998
Running Time:  23:09

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For most of history, Fort Conger has been the most northerly base camp in the world. This was the base that Admiral Robert E. Peary used on his dramatic pushes to the north pole. It was here that Peary had his frostbitten toes removed before struggling to the north pole. It was also here that U.S. Lieutenant Adolphus Greely made his fateful decision to travel south with his men to await a supply ship. It would be a miscalculation that would cost the lives of most of his twenty-seven man crew. One hundred years after it was established, these three shelters that huddle together against the Arctic winds remain one the the most evocative sites in all of Canada.

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