North Pole Promise

Black, White, and Inuit Friends

Dr. S. Allen Counter

The untold story of the children left behind by explorers Peary and Henson
Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780872332461
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 9 X 7 inches
Stock Status : In stock


North Pole Promise tells the story of a secret legacy of two famous explorers: Commander Robert Peary and Matthew Hensonone white, one African American, who, with four Inuit assistants discovered the North Pole in 1909. Peary and Henson returned to the US shortly afterthe white Peary to acclaim, the African American Henson to obscuritynever to go to the Pole again. They each left behind sons, fathered with indigenous Greenlandic Inuit women. In the 1980s, on a research trip to Greenland, Dr. Allen Counter was introduced to two men in their eightiesthe surviving Amer-Inuit sonsone from each explorer. Dr. Counter, an explorer himself, tells of discovering the fate of those children and ultimately honoring them and their illustrious forebears on the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the North Pole.

About The Author

Dr. S. Allen Counter, Jr., (July 8, 1944-July 12, 2017) member of The Explorers Club FN ’89, was a Clinical Professor of Neurology and founding director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations at Harvard University .


Cast of Characters
Part One: Black, White, and Inuit Friends
1. The Beginning
2. Eighteen Years in the Arctic
3. Striking the Pole
4. Acclaimand Anonymity
5. North Pole Secret
Part Two: New Discoveries
6. The Secret Sons
7. Finding Family
8. An Inuit-American Family Reunion
Part Three: Honor the Fathers
9. Two Different Resting Places
10. By Order of the President
11. Launching the USNS Henson
12. The National Geographic Hubbard Medal
Part Four: Keeping Up with Friends
13. Life in the Arctic
Part Five: The Centennial Approaches
14. North Pole Promise
15. The Capsule
16. The Centennial
17. Fulfilling the Promise
18. One Last Honor
Thoughts for Further Discussion
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