Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson

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  • 1609 Voyage
  • Henry Hudson was an English explorer and navigator that explored in the early 17th century. A lot of Hudson's early life was unknown but some people have identified that he was born in about 1565. 
  •  Hudson is thought to spend many years at sea, beginning as a cabin boy and gradually making his way up to a ship's captain.
  • In 1609 Hudson was chosen by merchants of the Dutch East India Company in the Netherlands. He heard rumors that there is a northwest route to the Pacific through North America.  
  • He needed to turn around because ice blocked his way. He then went on to look for a westerly passage through North America. On July 2nd they reached the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and in mid-July settled at what is now LaHave, Nova Scotia. There they encountered Native Americans. The ship stayed there about 10 days.
  • On September 23rd he decided to sail back to Europe.
  • While exploring the Hudson River, Henry Hudson traded with many Native groups he mainly obtained furs. His voyage was used to establish Dutch claims to the region and to the fur trade.
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