Henry Hudson (Explorers)Online Periodical or Article
This biography introduces young readers to the life of Englishman Henry Hudson. Readers learn that Hudson's grandfather helped form the Muscovy Company and that Hudson himself later sailed for the Muscovy Company, trying to find a passage to Asia through the North Pole. Hudson's family life and work as a cabin boy are also discussed, as well as his voyage with John Davis to the Canadian Arctic. Through engaging text, readers learn that Hudson's goal was to find a shorter route from Europe to Asia through the Arctic Ocean. His attempts to find a northwest passage to Asia while working for the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company are explained. Readers also discover that on his final voyage, Hudson was the victim of a mutiny and left to die in the Hudson Bay. The book explains that Hudson's discoveries led to Dutch and English colonization of North America and that today a strait, a bay, and a river are named after Hudson. The book also introduces the idea that Hudson's North American discoveries led other explorers to discover a Northwest Passage. Full-color photos, an index, a timeline, a map, discussion questions, bold glossary terms, and phonetics accompany easy-to-read text and allow readers to follow Hudson's many brave voyages.