CRF Blog

The Antarctic continent

by David De La Torre

In South park, The Economist reviews Antarctica: A Biography by David Day.

Mr Day begins with Captain James Cook who, aboard the Resolution in 1773, became the first man to cross the Antarctic Circle. Although the ice-covered sea stopped him from getting close enough to see the Antarctic land mass, boulders in icebergs proved its existence. Yet Cook did not think the area was worth exploring. “I will be bold to say that the world will not be benefited by it,” he stated.

Another 47 years passed before Antarctica was finally seen. [more]