The Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition is often eclipsed by the exploits of Scott and Shackleton in the Antarctic. But the three-year expedition to the Arctic Archipelago of Franz Josef Land played a key role in British attitudes toward polar health and travel: the explorers appropriated Indigenous technologies and techniques in ways that influenced more famous Edwardian Antarctic explorers. They also shifted understandings of scurvy and pioneered the use of ponies in polar travel. This talk will examine the expedition, its use of Indigenous knowledge, and its impacts.
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