Henry Hudson

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Henry Hudson (c. 1560/70s[3] – 1611?) was an English sea explorer and navigator in the early 17th century. After several voyages on behalf of English merchants to explore a prospective Northeast Passage to India, Hudson explored the region around modern New York City while looking for a western route to Asia under the auspices of the Dutch East India Company.[4] He explored the river which eventually was named for him, and laid thereby the foundation for Dutch colonization of the region.

Hudson discovered a strait and immense bay on his final expedition while searching for the Northwest Passage. In 1611, after wintering on the shore of James Bay, Hudson wanted to press on to the west, but most of his crew mutinied. The mutineers cast Hudson, his son and others adrift,[2] and the Hudson's and those cast off at their side were never seen again.


Life and career

Details of Hudson’s birth and early life are mostly unknown.[5] Some sources have identified Hudson as having been born circa 1565,[3] while others place it around 1570.[6][7] Other historians assert even less certainty; Mancall, for instance, states that '[Hudson] was probably born in the 1560s,”[8] while Pennington gives no date at all.[5] Hudson is thought to have spent many years at sea, beginning as a cabin boy and gradually working his way up to ship's captain.

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