Henry Hudson

English explorer
Henry Hudson
Hudson's map of the North Atlantic

Henry Hudson (1556-1611) was an English explorer and navigator in the 1600s. He was well known for discovering the Hudson River and the Hudson Bay.[1]

Hudson was trying to find a northwest passage to Cathay (present day China).[2] He tried twice before he found it. Hudson discovered the Hudson Bay and Hudson River in North America. He claimed the Hudson Bay for England along with other pieces of land. He was working for the Dutch when he found the Hudson River. He found it in 1609 when he was looking for a way to get from North America to Asia by water. This was named the Northwest Passage.


  1. Corey Sandler (2007). Henry Hudson. Internet Archive. Citadel Press.
  2. "Henry Hudson". Biography.