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Charles Francis Hall (1821-1871), American Arctic explorer. Hall undertook three expeditions to the Arctic. During his first expedition (1860-1863) Hall explored the Frobisher Bay area of Baffin Island, looking for survivors of Sir John Franklin's expedition of 1845. From 1864 to 1869 Hall set out again to search for survivors of the 1845 expedition, this time on King William Island. He found remains and artifacts, but no survivors. His third expedition, to attempt to reach the North Pole, was backed by the US government. He set sail in the ship Polaris in 1871 and anchored off Greenland. Hall did not reach the North Pole, but did reach further north, by sledge, than any previous expedition. Upon returning to the boat Hall became ill, possibly due to arsenic poisoning, and died. He was buried in Greenland.
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