Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and least populated of the world’s continents. It has a unique landscape, distinctive ecosystems and is one of the world’s true wildernesses. It is also home to cutting edge science, unprecedented international collaboration and growing numbers of tourists.
Antarctica was the last continent to be discovered by humans. While explorers earlier reported sightings of the "unknown land in the south", the earliest certain sightings of land south of the 60° latitude are by either Russian, British or American ship crews in January 1820 (there's no reliable information of which sighting was first). The first person known to have set foot on the Antarctic mainland was an American sealer named John Davis in 1821.
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