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Ship From Doomed Arctic Expedition Found After 170 Years

The recently discovered wreck of one of the ships from Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 mission to the Arctic may be the key to a centuries-old mystery.

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Ancient DNA Suggests Seals Brought Tuberculosis to New World

After analyzing DNA from 1,000-year-old Peruvian skeletons, scientists claim that seals and sea lions were likely the first to bring TB to the ancient Americas.

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Did an Irish Monk “Discover” America?

A century after St. Patrick, another Irish saint embarked on a legendary voyage that some believe took him to North America.

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The Viking Explorer Who Beat Columbus to America

Leif Eriksson Day commemorates the Norse explorer believed to have led the first European expedition to North America.

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The Myth of Ponce de León and the Fountain of Youth

On the 500th anniversary of his landing in Florida, find out how Ponce de León’s name became inextricably linked with the Fountain of Youth.

Christopher Columbus Facts

10 Things You May Not Know About Christopher Columbus

In honor of Columbus Day, check out 10 things you may not know about the explorer who sailed the ocean blue in 1492.

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Wreck of Robert Falcon Scott’s Ship Terra Nova Discovered

A century after Robert Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, the ship that brought him to Antarctica has been found off the coast of Greenland.

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Copy of First Map to Name America Found

A previously unknown copy of the map credited with popularizing the name “America” has turned up in a university library in Munich.

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First Woman to Circle the Globe Honored at Last

Scientists have finally named a species for botanist Jeanne Baret, who disguised herself as a man to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe.

Lost Expeditions

Famous Expeditions That Fell Off the Map

Explore famously doomed expeditions, including John Franklin’s Arctic voyage, which researchers recently attempted to demystify.