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 largely unknown
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 1607.
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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