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What were Henry Hudson's major accomplishments?

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Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson River, the Hudson Strait and the Hudson Bay. He worked to colonize the areas surrounding these bodies of water after they were first discovered. Hudson also worked to found Cape Digges and Cape Wolstenholme.

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Hudson was an English explorer who was first sent from England to find shorter routes to Asia and the North Pole. He began two journeys that ended in him having to turn back around because of high levels of ice in the ocean. On his third journey, Hudson chose a different route that eventually led him to the New World. He found undiscovered land in the New World that would eventually become the Hudson River, Bay and Strait areas. After this discovery, he returned to England and had colonists sent back to the New World to settle in those areas.

Hudson went on to find the areas that are now known as Cape Digges and Cape Wolstenholme. His fourth voyage was slightly more tumultuous and led to starvation and battles aboard his ship. The difficult conditions eventually led to a mutiny of his crew. Hudson was kicked off of his ship in a small boat with his son and eight crew members; he was never found or heard from after that.

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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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    Which country did Henry Hudson sail for?

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    Henry Hudson made more than one sailing trip and was primarily trying to find a route to Asia but eventually ended up in the Americas instead. He made four main voyages in his lifetime: two to Asia, one to the New World and a fourth that took him to what is now known as Hudson Bay.

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    Who was Henry Hudson's wife?

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    Henry Hudson's wife was named Katherine, and together they had three sons. One son, John, accompanied Hudson on his search for a northeast passage through the Arctic Circle in 1607 and on his final voyage in 1611.

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