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28/01/1820 Bellingshausen discovers the continent of Antarctica

Bellingshausen was selected to command Russian expedition to the Southern Ocean. On 28 January 1820 his two ships, Vostok and Mirny, discovered the Antarctic coast. Other explorers, Englishman Edward Bransfield, and the American Nathaniel Palmer, also claimed to discover Antarctica. But Bellingshausen was probably first.


  • Essentials 

  • Personal 

  • First Russian circumnavigation 

  • Service as captain 

  • First Russian Antarctic expedition 

  • Admiral 

  • Legacy