On this day in 1611, explorer Henry Hudson, His teenage son, and seven others were abandoned in Hudson Bay Mutineers
June 22, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 22 of June, repeating indefinitely
On this day in 1611, explorer Henry Hudson, his teenage son, and seven others were abandoned in Hudson Bay by mutineers. Hudson’s company had sailed to the Americas in search of a northwestern passage to Asia. The mutiny was triggered by the crew’s terrible experiences over the past year – the expedition had been ill-equipped for the Canadian winter and many blamed Hudson. Lost to history, he and his supporters were never seen again.
Did you know? Two years prior, in 1609, Hudson and his crew explored Delaware, New York, and Chesapeake Bays and were the first Europeans to sail up the Hudson River. This trip, funded by the Dutch, later led to Holland’s claims on the area and the creation of New Amsterdam (present-day New York City).
Though little is known of Hudson’s origins or death, his name is still well known in eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S., lending itself to Hudson Bay, the Hudson River, and the town of Hudson, New York.
The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson, John Collier, 1881