Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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Basic Books, Jun 9, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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The English explorer Henry Hudson devoted his life to the search for a water route through America, becoming the first European to navigate the Hudson River in the process. In Fatal Journey, acclaimed historian and biographer Peter C. Mancall narrates Hudson's final expedition.

In the winter of 1610, after navigating dangerous fields of icebergs near the northern tip of Labrador, Hudson's small ship became trapped in winter ice. Provisions grew scarce and tensions mounted amongst the crew. Within months, the men mutinied, forcing Hudson, his teenage son, and seven other men into a skiff, which they left floating in the Hudson Bay.

A story of exploration, desperation, and icebound tragedy, Fatal Journey vividly chronicles the undoing of the great explorer, not by an angry ocean, but at the hands of his own men.

 

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An interesting topic, and a well-written book. It is quite easy to read -- but not really original. Henry Hudson took the Discovery to what is now known as Hudson's Bay in 1610, the fourth of his ... Read full review

Fatal journey: the final expedition of Henry Hudson--a tale of mutiny and murder in the Arctic

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When Henry Hudson discovered the river he named after himself in 1609, no one could have foreseen his controversial death about two years later. In this well-researched study, historian Mancall ... Read full review

Contents

II
19
III
41
IV
77
V
91
VI
119
Interrogations
147
Dead Ends
165
The Trial
185
Tides
211
NOTE ON SOURCES
237
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
287
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Peter C. Mancall is Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of the USC–Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is the author of Hakluyt's Promise and At the Edge of Empire. He lives in Los Angeles.

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