Which Countries Sponsored Henry Hudson?


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English explorer Henry Hudson received financial sponsorship for his expeditions in the New World from private investors in the Netherlands and England. His first, second and fourth journey were for English investors, while his third journey was for the Dutch East India Company.

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In 1607, Henry Hudson was tasked to find a northern route to Asia by the Muscovy Company of England. He got as far as Novaya Zemlya, which lies just to the north of Russia, before being blocked by ice and forced to turn back to England. In 1609, Hudson's third expedition carried him up his namesake river, the Hudson River, in New York. In 1610, his fourth and final trip ended near James Bay in northern Canada when his crew mutinied and set him adrift. He died of exposure soon thereafter.

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