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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
According to the Guiness [Guinness] Book of Records, Eskimos Egingwah, Ootah, Ooqueahand Seegloo, along with African American Matthew Henson, became the first humans to stand on the North Pole. The date of their famous journey to "where no one has gone before" was April 6, 1909. However, they were denied the status of "co-discoverer" with Robert E. Perry, who came along about forty-five minutes later. Perry's reward to Henson for reaching the Pole before him was to ignore Henson from that time. The names of the Eskimos were also dropped from history.
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