What Did Herny Hudson Discover?

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Henry Hudson discovered three waterways in North America that were later named after him: the Hudson Strait, the Hudson Bay and the Hudson River. Henry Hudson, who was a sea captain and an explorer, lived between 1565 and 1611. During his lifetime, Henry made four voyages to find out a northern route to connect Europe and Asia.

The Muscovy Company selected Henry Hudson in 1607 to command an expedition to find out a northern passage from England to China and Japan. On his first attempt, Henry was forced to go back to England after he encountered huge ice floes on his way. He tried again in 1608, but he met the same challenge which forced him to return to England.

The Dutch East India Company selected Henry Hudson in 1609 to command another expedition, and gave him a ship and a crew of 20 people. On his way, however, the weather became too cold for him and he was forced to change his route to North America. He then sailed up what was later named the Hudson River to the place that is today known as the Albany NY. In 1610, Hudson was given a different ship that later, in the course of the expedition, reached a rough water body that was later named after him: the Hudson Strait. This waterway led into Hudson Bay.