History of Henry Hudson

This timeline depicts the major events in the life of the famous explorer Henry Hudson. This timeline includes his famous four voyages along with interesting facts about Hudson himself.

The Estimated Birth of Henry Hudson

The are no records on the actual birth of Henry Hudson. Many historians claim he was born in the 1560's.

Childhood

There is no documentation about Henry Hudson's early life. Many believe he grew up as a cabin boy on a ship, and worked his way up to the ship's captain.

1607 Voyage

Hudson set out on his first major voyage in 1608 to find a northerly route to the specific coast of Asia. He sailed on 1 May with a crew of ten men and one boy on a 80 ton ship, known as the "Hopewell."

Mission Failed

Hudson's crew became lost at sea after claiming to spot land which threw them off course. They ran into an ice pack and returned home to Tilbury Hope on 15 December.

1608 Voyage

As Henry's mother once told him, "If at first you don't succeed, sail around the world for a second try." Or something like that. Yet again Hudson and his crew set out on a second journey in a search for a passage into the Indies. Henry Hudson and his crew leave London on 22 April in the "Hopewell." The ship now has an estimated 2,500 miles on it. I hope he changed the oil!

Mission Failed Yet Again

Once again Henry and his crew failed to find a passage to the Indies. They sailed well above the arctic circle, and ran into the inpenetrable ice again. I think these guys need to get a new compass. They turned around and landed in the port at Gravesend on 26 August

Alleged discovery

According to Thomas Edge, Hudson discovered an island he named "Hudson's Tutches." No evidence of the discovery was found in Hudsons personal journal, and there is no logical route Hudson could've taken to the island during his voyages.

1609 Voyage

Hudson was hired by the merchants of Dutch East India Company to set out for a passage to Asia. If it was my decision, I wouldn't have hired a sailor who has failed his first two voyages by running into ice... Anyway, Hudson pointed his ship west and set sail.

The Journey Continues

Having heard rumors, Hudson and his crew decided to take a westerly route through the Americas. He was heading to the Great Lakes. Along rivers, Hudson traded with many Natives and established a Dutch trading post.

Victorious Return

Hudson and his crew returned home having accomplished something! They discovered many rivers and other small routes among the coasts.

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