Antarctic discovery and exploration are profoundly gendered, racialized, nationalized, and civilized. ‘Discovering the Antarctic’ looks at initial exploration and discovery in the Antarctic and the history of exploration in the region. The history of Antarctic discovery and exploration is mostly one of gradual coastal encounters and more expansive continental and subterranean exploration. The Antarctic continues to surprise. There is a darker side to the history of Antarctic discovery and the tendency to focus on the heroic past has consequences. We don't hear much about the way in which discovery and polar heritage helps vested interests. Rather, histories of discovery are commercially, political, and intellectually exploited.