Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson

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  • Now it's time to go to school!
  • Henry Hudson was an English navigator and captain who discovered the Hudson River, Hudson Strait, and Hudson Bay.  As a child, he had a good education and was able to read, write, and do mathematics. 
  • Oh! We might as well just go home!
  • Many people believed that his grandfather founded the Muscovy company. Because of this, Hudson would go on many voyages. At some point, he married a woman named Katherine, and they had three children named John, Oliver, and Richard. 
  • Now, where am I?
  • One of his voyages took place in 1607, where he rode a ship called Hopewell. Due to bad weather and arguments with the crew members, he ended up around some of the islands off Greenland. Then he reached the Arctic Circle. Eventually, he ended up going back to England, He failed his journey to find the northern route to China.
  • At least I was successful in finding a water route!
  • In 1608, Hudson once again rode the Hopewell to  to find a passage to the Far East. He was ordered by the Muscovy company to do so.  Unfortunately, he could not find his way through the large ice packs and returned to England.
  • In 1609, Hudson turned to Dutch  He went to Amsterdam, and was ordered by the Dutch East India Company to find a Northeast passage to Asia. He spent a lot of time trying to find a possible route, but just ended up roaming around the Pacific ocean. He was not successful this time either.
  • Even though Hudson failed in finding a passage to Asia, he was a good captain and navigator. He left England with many North American water routes such as the Hudson Bay, Hudson River, and Hudson Strait.
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