Bransfield, Edward, 1795–1852, English sea captain and antarctic explorer. In 1820, Bransfield sailed from Chile to the South Shetland Islands off the N Antarctic Peninsula. After claiming King George Island for England, he ventured south, sighting and charting portions of the Antarctic continent. It is believed he may have been the first explorer to sight the Antarctic mainland.
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