I was doing family genealogy the other day and I ran across the surname “Hudson.” Of course my first thought was of the Hudson River and the famous explorer Henry Hudson and wondered if there were any family links to the historical figure. Henry was an Englishman but because he worked for the Dutch East India Company in 1609 and they called him Hendrik, some may believe he was a Dutchman. But no, he was definitely an Englishman whose exploration of the river they named after him, collected so many furs it was the start of the American Dutch fur trade. He must have been a respected man but perhaps a little too driven. Maybe a little obsessive-compulsive about his explorations? His last winter was spent on Hudson Bay, hoping to find a water passage through North America that led to the Orient. His sailors though, must have had enough. They took Henry, his young son and some invalid crew members and left them helplessly in a boat on the icy waters of the sea where they must have frozen to death, starved to death or drowned.
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