Canadian Geographic

TO THE EXPLORERS WE WILL NEVER KNOW

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We can showcase only those who made it into the books. Countless exploratio­n greats predate recorded history, though they were truly the first to set foot in North America by Beringia, to dip a paddle in Lake Superior, to stand awestruck beside Niagara Falls or push on to a new Arctic island to found a hunting camp. And many have been left out since record-keeping began — Indigenous people and women especially — though they explored with the same curiosity and powerful drive to seek and to share new knowledge, and no doubt accomplish­ed feats of exploratio­n that, through no fault of theirs, will never be celebrated.

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