Charles Wilkes


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Noun1.Charles Wilkes - United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)Charles Wilkes - United States explorer of Antarctica (1798-1877)
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1840: American Charles Wilkes discovered the coast of Antarctica.
In 1861, an overzealous Union naval Captain, Charles Wilkes, overtook the British steamer RMS Trent and captured its passengers: John Mason and John Slidell, new Confederate commissioners to Europe.
1840: American Charles Wilkes discovered the coast of Antarctica - or more likely rediscovered, since several plausible claims have been made for previous expeditions and sealing ships from 1820 onwards.
In succeeding years, as Russian, British and French explorers saw land beyond the ice in longitudes all around the Antarctic Circle, confidence grew, but the first to nail his colours to the mast was an American, Charles Wilkes.
Charles Wilkes, who led the Antarctic expedition from 1838 to 1842 that resulted in the discovery that Antarctica is a separate continent.
Some cultural materials collected by explorer Charles Wilkes in an around-the-world expedition in 1838-1842Auincluding species of coral and insectsAuare still used.