Ernest Shackleton is buried in a whalers' cemetery in Grytvikin, on the island of South Georgia. Shackleton died of a heart attack on Jan. 5, 1922, while on board the Quest on a voyage to Antarctica.Know More
After Shackleton's death, a member of his team, Leonard Hussey, accompanied his body to Montevideo. He received a letter from Shackleton's wife, Lady Emily Shackleton, who requested that her husband's body be buried on South Georgia.
Shackleton's funeral took place at the Whalers Church at Grytvikin on March 5, 1922. The granite headstone at his gravesite was made in Edinburgh and unveiled by the governor of the Falkland Islands in 1928. The headstone is inscribed with a quotation from Robert Browning, one of Shackleton's favorite poets.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
Leif Eriksson explored for Norway. He is credited with being the first European person to set foot on North American soil when he disembarked at what is now Nova Scotia, naming the land he found Vinland, likely because of the ready supply of grapes that were growing in the area when he landed.Full Answer >
The Spanish expedition that Balboa joined to South America consisted of two ships, the Santa Maria and the San Anton. Balboa made other expeditions, but the names of the ships are uncertain.Full Answer >
One of the most significant effects of Spanish imperialism in Latin America was the devastation of indigenous peoples. The Spanish conquest of South and Central America reduced the local population from an estimated 50 million people to about 8 million.Full Answer >
Amerigo Vespucci became an explorer because his education and background fitted him for the position of navigator on Spanish and Portuguese voyages to the New World. Additionally, while working with a ship supplier he helped outfit some of Christopher Columbus' voyages and may have met Columbus after his maiden voyage.Full Answer >