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 >
The Monroe Doctrine stated that North and South America were no longer open to European colonization and any effort to subjugate countries in the western hemisphere was an attack on the United States. It stipulated that the United States would avoid interfering in internal European affairs or existing European colonies.Full Answer >
Leif Eriksson was the first person from another country to actually discover America. It is commonly but mistakenly believed that Christopher Columbus was the first to discover North America, but Eriksson sailed toward the New World about 500 years before Columbus.Full Answer >