Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

by Peter C. Mancall

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786747870
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/09/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

I Mutiny 1

II The Age of Spices 19

III The Northern Sailor 41

IV The North Atlantic 77

V The Labyrinth Without End 91

VI Assaults 119

VII Interrogations 147

VIII Dead Ends 165

IX The Trial 185

X Tides 211

Note on Sources 237

Notes 249

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

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waltzmn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting topic, and a well-written book. It is quite easy to read -- but not really original.Henry Hudson took the Discovery to what is now known as Hudson's Bay in 1610, the fourth of his voyages of exploration. He was seeking the Northwest Passage. He never came home -- but his ship did, with a handful of sick, starving sailors aboard. This is all that is certain. The survivors admitted to mutiny, and there were bloodstains on the ship -- but the surviving sailors blamed the mutiny, and the bloodstains, on men who had died on the trip home. They said that Hudson, several of his allies, and several sick men were set adrift in a small boat -- but all claimed to have been surprised by the mutiny.To this day, we do not know what really happened. On the one hand, the tale of mutiny seems likely -- the crew could have blamed Hudson's death on scurvy or native attacks, after all. The fact that they admitted to something worse implies that the story is at least partly true. But who was in charge? And what happened to Hudson after he was cast adrift? We simply do not know.And this book adds little to the story. It reminds us of such facts as are known. But there are no new hypotheses and no new data. If you don't know Hudson's story, then it is a good introduction. But if you do know the story, you won't learn much.
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