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By Henry C. Murphy

4 centuries in the past, English explorer Henry Hudson (1570-1611), commanding the yacht Halve Maen for the Dutch East India corporation, sailed right into a New international tidal estuary close to the landmass the neighborhood Lenape Indians referred to as the "island of many hills." The island was once ny, and notwithstanding Hudson was once not likely the 1st eu to work out the river, it's been perpetually after that identified by way of his identify. American baby-kisser and historian HENRY CRUSE MURPHY (1810-1882) was once serving as usa Minister on the Hague while he privately released this 1859 monograph. an important early treatise on Hudson's voyages, it collects all of the unique records recognized to exist approximately Hudson's 3rd voyage-the one during which he sailed up what's now referred to as the Hudson River-and explores the "motives, reasons, and personality" of the Dutch East India corporation and "the designs of the navigator himself on the time he sailed upon that expedition," the writer says in his preface. difficult to discover in print, this reproduction quantity is a crucial re-creation of an important paintings of documentation of 1 of the main inadvertently profound incidents of worldwide heritage: the beginnings of town that's arguably the capital of the area at the present time.

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It is true the success of this undertaking cannot be promised with certainty, but Le Maire has long been ') Jeannin, Lettre du 25 janvier 1609, see Document B. 26 HENRY HUDSON IN HOLLAND. making inquiries as to what results could be expected from this enterprise, and he is regarded as a prudent and industrious man. Then, much will not be hazarded. When Ferdinand received the opinion of Christopher Columbus and caused three ships to be equipped for him in order to make a voyage to the West Indies, the enterprise seemed at that time more doubtful, and all the other Powers to whom that man had applied ridiculed it and declared it impossible; yet what great fruits has it produced!

It thus not only appears that the expedition was at the charge of the whole company, but that it sailed with written instructions. as to the destination of the vessel. They are not extant in full, but the portion of them relating to the question under consideration has been preserved by Mr. van Dam. We have just seen that copies of the contract and instructions accompanied each other; and as we are indebted to Mr. van Dam for a copy of the former we may fairly conclude that he had a copy of the instructions before him when he wrote and claimed to give their contents.

He thus states the facts: "This Company in the year 1609 fitted out a yacht of about 30 lasts burthen and engaged a Mr. Henry Hudson, an Englishman, and a skilful pilot, as master thereof, with orders to search for the aforesaid passage by the North and North-east above Nova Zembla, towards the lands or Os, Jan Harmanssen, Gerraerdt Reynst and Elbert Symonsz. J oncheyn. The minutes of the proceedings of the Chamber of Amsterdam contain a single reference only to Hudson. On the 19th of January that body directed a payment of one hundred and fifty guilders to him on account of his wages.

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