Two “Eskimos” to Care for the Good Greenland Dogs

  • Mary R. Tahan


A startling and little known fact is brought to light from the series of written correspondence between Roald Amundsen and the Greenland authorities. This fact brings into question Amundsen’s confidence regarding his ability to transport the dogs from Norway to Antarctica and his belief in his ability to train the dogs. Given the secret nature of his mission to travel to the South Pole, and the priority he placed on the dogs, the letters also convey a certain withholding of truth by Amundsen, and an obfuscation of facts, in order to obtain what he wanted regarding the dogs.


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  • Mary R. Tahan
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  1. 1.VancouverCanada

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