Archive Letter: Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition How Sir Ernest Shackleton's fateful Antarctic Expedition was made possible

By 1913, Sir Ernest Shackleton had already followed Captain Robert Falcon Scott on his Discovery Expedition – the first official British exploration of the Antarctic regions – and returned to set a new southern record by marching to latitude 82°S. After the race to the South Pole ended in 1911, his sights were set on crossing Antarctica from sea to sea, via the pole – his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. This letter to Shackleton from David Lloyd George, then Chancellor of the Exchequer, outlines the details of the governmental grant that made the fateful trip financially possible.

The letter to Ernest Shackleton confirming funding of his Antarctic Expedition

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