It is 200 years since Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev claimed to be the first people to set eyes on the Antarctic continent. The date was 27 January 1820. The Royal Navy’s Edward Bransfield arrived a few days later, while Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to view Antarctica, in November that same year.

In more recent times, I have become fascinated by the way travel to Antarctica has changed perspectives about the continent itself as well as the broader geographical imaginations of individuals and groups who make that extraordinary journey. Through my association ...


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