Henry Hudson

By Donavan Moore

Country Represented

Henry Hudson Made his first 2 voyages for England. England got tired of Henry because he failed those two times. The Dutch East India Company then Hired him and this is where he made his third and fourth voyage.

Time of exploration

Henry Hudson and his crew made his first voyage in 1607 and made his third one in 1609.

Reason For Voyage

Henry Hudson explored because he wanted to find a northwestern passage to Asia.

But his ship, The Hopewell, could not travel through the ice. After 1609, the English lost interest in Hudson's hope to find a northwestern route, so the Dutch East India Company hired him.

Challenges faced

Henry Hudson faced many different challenges. The worst hardship he faced was the ice that could crack the boat in half. Hudson on his first voyage went through a lot of fog. Fog is one of the worst things you can have if you are an explorer because you can not see where you are going. This is exactly what happened to Henry Hudson because he went off course with the fog. On Henry Hudson's second voyage he encountered at the least seven storms. The rain caused huge waves that would come and flood the deck and the crew would have to use buckets and scoop the water off the boat. The third voyage was the worst. When some members of Henry Hudson's crew set off to find food on the shore, the First Nations attacked them and killed one of Henry Hudson's men. The man that died was one of the most important men on the ship. He would keep watch to see if there were chunks of ice up ahead and if there were dead ends. On his last voyage, Henry Hudson encountered the menacing ice. This ice was so thick that his boat was stuck. By the time the ice melted and the boat was free, his unhappy crew plotted against him and set him adrift in a boat with his son and a few other crew members.

Evidence of persistence and/or Risk-taking

Henry Hudson made his first voyage west from England in 1607, when he was hired to find a shorter route to Asia from Europe through the Arctic Ocean. After twice being turned back by ice, Hudson embarked on a third voyage this time on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in 1609.

Results of exploration

The Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano discovered the Hudson in 1524. But Henry Hudson traveled the river much farther than its previous explorer. After 150 miles, the Half Moon did not reach the Pacific, but it did reach what would later become Albany, New York. There, they turned around. But as a result of Hudson's exploration, the river bears his name today.