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In 1895, the first confirmed landing was conducted by a team of Norwegians.Antarctica is a de facto condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System that have consulting status. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.At 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent.
Before acquiring its present geographical connotations, the term was used for other locations that could be defined as "opposite to the north".
European maps continued to show this hypothesised land until Captain James Cook's ships, HMS Resolution and Adventure, crossed the Antarctic Circle on 17 January 1773, in December 1773 and again in January 1774.