Continue south from the Palmer Archipelago and across the Bismarck Strait, and you’ll reach the Wilhelm Archipelago. If you have guessed from their names that a German explorer was the first to map this part of the continent, you are right. An 1873 expedition led by Eduard Dallmann named the archipelago after Wilhelm I, the king of Prussia and first emperor of Germany, and the strait after Otto von Bismarck, his chancellor. Dallmann made many other important discoveries around Antarctica and also charted Anvers, Brabant, Liege and other islands.

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