Ernest Shackleton: A Lesson in Optimism

Aaron Schnoor
Historical Footnotes
3 min readMar 27, 2024

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Photo by Cassie Matias on Unsplash

Ernest Shackleton knew what courage looked like.

The British-Irish explorer, who led three British expeditions to Antarctica in the early 1900s, certainly encountered a fair share of danger during his lifetime.

One attempt to cross Antarctica nearly proved fatal for Shackleton and his crew of 27 men.

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