The race for the South Pole
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On June 15 1910 the English ship “Terra Nova” left England went to the Antarctic. On a board of the ship was an English naval Officer Robert Falkon Scott. He had a dream. He wanted to be first the first on the South Pole.
He had thought of everything. But one thing worried Scott: another famous explorer Roald Amundsen from Norway, had also gone to the Antarctic
The sledges didn’t work. The ponies couldn’t walk in a deep snow and soon died. Scott hadn’t bought any dogs, and the men had to pull the sledges with their food and equipment
The team had never been to the Antarctic before, so they were not ready for all the difficulties
Finally on 12 January Scott and his men got to the South Pole. There they saw a Norwegian flag; Amundsen had got there two weeks before.
In the last letter he wrote: “We knew that our expedition was dangerous. But we had been on the South Pole. And I ask for God's sake look after our relatives”
They were not first at the South Pole. But they showed an example of courage, strength and love for their country in the hearts of people all over world.
There is a simple wooden cross in the Antarctic. People put it there in the memory of the brave Englishmen.