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Nov 17: Discovery of Antarctica

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Discovery of Antarctica by Nathaniel Palmer…

Nathaniel Palmer, the American seal hunter and explorer, discovered the Antarctic Peninsula on this day in the year 1820 while searching for seal rookeries… He was the first American to explore the Antarctic Peninsula… Post discovery, it was renamed as Palmer Peninsula…

Even today, the US Government continues to recall Palmer’s role in the exploration of the Antarctic area… Palmer station, located in the seal islands that Palmer explored, the ship N.B.Palmer and the Antarctic icebreaker RV Nathaniel Palmer were all named after Captain Palmer…

The US Postal Administration commemorated Nathaniel Palmer with the release of a 25-cents postage stamp in the year 1988…

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