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Matthew Alexander Henson
Matthew Henson helped Peary explore the Arctic

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Arctic Explorer Robert E. Peary Was Born
May 6, 1856

An engineer, Peary was sent on his first job to the warm tropics rather than the icy northland. In Nicaragua, in Central America, he brought along his African-American assistant, Matthew Henson who became such a trusted companion that the two men traveled together on all of Peary's expeditions. Together, they took steps toward their northernmost goal.
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