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Henry Hudson worked as a sailor in his early years. Little else is known about Hudsonís childhood.
Hudson discovered, and explored the Hudson River, Hudson Bay and Hudson Strait,
which were named after him. Hudson was a wonderful sailor and often helped his crew avoid hitting
Henry Hudson's first voyage was on a ship named the Half Moon. He left port in 1609 from Holland.
He returned to England in 1609. Hudson tried to find a northeast route to Asia, but he ran into ice. His men decided that they wanted to keep searching, but along a south western route. As a result, he went to North America and explored the Atlantic coast, eventually discovering the Hudson River. He made more accurate maps
of the places he explored.
He left port in 1608 and sailed northeast in search of a shorter route to Asia,
but failed because of ice. Being an expert seaman, he returned the Hopewell
safely to Holland.
Ship: Half Moon
He left Holland sailed northeast but was once again blocked by ice. He turned around and
headed to North America and explored the Atlantic coast. He also found, and explored a river in New
York which today we call the Hudson River.
He left England and sailed to Canada, there he explored a bay and strait
which were also later named after him.
He spent a long harsh winter in Canada due to his ship being blocked in the
bay by ice. He and his crew nearly froze and starved to death that winter.
When the ice finally thawed he tried to sail northeast again but his crew was so
angry with him for almost dying, they sent him, his son John, and other loyal
crew members adrift in a small boat. The rest of the crew returned in the
Discovery to England.
An interesting fact about Henry, was that he sailed with his son John. Henry also never gave up, like when he wanted to find the northeast route to Asia. When he
discovered New York, it was originally called New Netherland.
Hudson had to spend the winter on the shore line of what is now called the Hudson Bay.
Food had become so scarce that they had to eat frogs and moss to survive.
Life and Death
Henry Hudson is thought to have been born on September 12,1575, in London, England. Hudsonís nationality was English. Hudson died a terrible death in 1611.
His crew mutinied, and set Hudson adrift on a small ship with several loyal sailors and his son, John, to stave to death. Hudson and his small group was never heard from