Henry Hudson Fact Sheet: Who was Henry Hudson? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Henry Hudson.
Henry Hudson Fact File:
Lifespan: 1565 – 1611 *** Full Name:
Henry Hudson *** Occupation: English
Navigator and Explorer *** Date of Birth:
Henry Hudson was born it is believed in 1565
although there are no definitive records to
prove this *** Place of Birth: Henry Hudson
was born in London, England *** Family
background: There is really no information
regarding his family background *** Early
life and childhood: Where he grew up is
Henry Hudson Fact 1:
Henry Hudson was born around 1565
and during the 16th century period
in history when Portugal and Spain
were exploring the oceans of the
world and colonizing new lands.
Henry Hudson Fact 6: Having
worked his way up through the ranks
Hudson had attained the rank of
captain and together with ten
crewman and a cabin boy they set
sail on the Hopewell on May 1st
Henry Hudson Fact 8: From
Newland they began to make passage
North until finally and
unfortunately they began to
encounter icy conditions preventing
them from going any further. In late
July they found they could go no
further and made their return
journey to England.
Henry Hudson Fact 10: On September 15th they landed at Tilbury Hope on the Thames River, England.
Henry Hudson Fact 11:
Hudson would again be employed to
explore the potential for a
passageway by the East India and
Muscovy Companies of England, this
time to the Indies and travelling
towards northern Russia.
Henry Hudson Fact 15:
Following his instructions he found
his passage blocked again by ice but
instead of returning to Amsterdam,
he turned the ship West and sought
passage through North America.
Henry Hudson Fact 17: Still continuing north to Hudson Bay he proceeded to spend the next ten days ascending the river to what is today the capital Albany.
Henry Hudson Fact 18: By
September 23rd they began their
return trip and landed at Dartmouth,
England on November 7th where the
authorities detained them but he
nevertheless managed to slip the log
to the Dutch ambassador who in turn
forwarded the report to Amsterdam.
Henry Hudson Fact 21: By November, in James Bay, the Discovery became surrounded by ice and so the ship’s crew moved to land for the winter period.
Henry Hudson Fact 21: As
spring approached and ice began to
break up Hudson’s plans were to
further explore the region in the
continuing hope of discovering the
northwest passage, however his crew
were unhappy with his plans and in
June of 1611, the crew of the
Discovery mounted a mutiny that
would see the captain, his son John,
a young teenage boy and seven
crewmen who were unwell or infirm
into a small open boat with various
provisions and set adrift. Their
fate was unknown, they were never
heard of or discovered.
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