Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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Basic Books, Jun 9, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 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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Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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Very well researched. A bit too much conjecture infused into the fate of the abandoned men for my tastes, but overall I did learn a lot that I didn't already know about Hudson and his five sailing ... Read full review

Review: Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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Intriguing, but you're nearly as much in the dark at the end of the book as you would be without having read it. Too little is known about what really happened Read full review

Contents

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III
41
IV
77
V
91
VI
119
Interrogations
147
Dead Ends
165
TheTrial
185
Tides
211
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About the author (2009)

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.