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Bradley Land
Map showing the location of Bradley Land sighted by Frederick Cook and Crocker Land sighted by Robert Peary.
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Photo of Cook's 1909 expedition, with alleged Bradley Land in background

Bradley Land is the name of a landmass Frederick Cook claimed to have seen during a expedition in 1909. He said, the land between positions (84°20′N 102°0′W / 84.333°N 102°W / 84.333; -102) and (85°11′N 102°0′W / 85.183°N 102°W / 85.183; -102). He described it as two masses of land with a break, a strait, or an indentation between. The land was named for John R. Bradley, who had sponsored Cook's expedition.

Cook published two photographs of the land and described it as follows: "The lower coast resembled Heiberg Island, with mountains and high valleys. The upper coast I estimated as being about one thousand feet high, flat, and covered with a thin sheet ice."

It is now known there is no land at that location. Cook's observations were based on either a misidentification of sea ice or an outright fabrication. Cook's Inuit companions reported that the photographs were actually taken near the coast of Axel Heiberg Island.

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