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Did Henry Hudson have any brothers or sisters?

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According to The Third Millennium Online, English explorer Henry Hudson had three brothers: Christopher, Thomas and John. Like Henry, Christopher worked for the Muscovy Company, which dealt with trading between England and Russia. John Hudson was involved with English navigator John Davis' work trying to find the Northwest Passage.

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Like Hudson himself, Henry Hudson's brothers were involved with the English shipping trade of the 17th century. However, Henry was working for the Dutch East India Company in 1609 when he attempted to find a more direct trading route between Europe and Asia, and ended up sailing the North American river which is now named after him.

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    When was Henry Hudson born?

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    Henry Hudson was born in 1565 in England. He was an English explorer who made four voyages in search of a passage to Asia that was free from ice. The Hudson River and Hudson Bay are both named after him.

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    Which countries sponsored Henry Hudson?

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    English explorer Henry Hudson received financial sponsorship for his expeditions in the New World from private investors in the Netherlands and England. His first, second and fourth journey were for English investors, while his third journey was for the Dutch East India Company.

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    Who sponsored Henry Hudson's voyages?

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    The Muscovy Company, British East India Company and private donors sponsored Henry Hudson's voyages. The Muscovy Company provided funding for his first three voyages, while the British East India Company and private firms added financial contributions for Hudson's third and fourth voyages. Henry Hudson gained financial support from the Muscovy Company, a financial firm, after announcing his intention to find a shorter route to Asia and in turn give Europe greater access to the goods and services of the Asian markets.

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    What were Henry Hudson's parents' names?

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    The names of Henry Hudson's parents are unknown. There are few details available regarding Hudson's early life, although, according to Biography.com, it is believed he was born around 1565.

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