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“[Douglas Hunter] is also an experienced sailor, and his observations of nautical life are astute … Behind that, a picture emerges of Hudson as a wily operator who knew what he wanted to find, and where he wanted to go to find it--and wasn't about to tell his merchant backers any more than they needed to know so they would give him a ship. Hunter provides a fine account of Hudson's wheeling and dealing, and the hoodwinking of the Dutch and English backers of his various voyages.” Boston Globe
“[Hunter's] firm grasp of the politics and history of Hudson's time make the book stand out. Insightful look at Hudson, his pivotal achievement and the world events surrounding it.” Kirkus Reviews
“Few will resist the colorful personal conflicts, tortuous politics and alternately friendly and vicious encounters between Europeans and Native Americans.” Publishers Weekly
“Hunter delivers a vivid rendition of Hudson's entrance into New York Bay, ascent to the future site of Albany, and peaceful and violent encounters with the native peoples. Fans of the era of discovery will delight in Hunter's history of Hudson's famed expedition.” Booklist
Although not the first mariner to explore North America, Henry Hudson (1565-1611) left a powerful legacy, vividly described in this richly detailed biography 400 years after his journey up what became the Hudson River. Canadian historian Hunter (God's Mercies: Rivalry, Betrayal, and the Dream of Discovery) reminds readers that 16th- and 17th-century European entrepreneurs remained obsessed with finding a shortcut to Asia. An experienced English seaman, Hudson was hired by the Dutch East India Company in 1609 to sail east above Russia. Having already failed at that route, Hudson departed with other ideas. He quickly found his way blocked by ice, but instead of returning to Holland sailed west across the Atlantic, eventually stopping near Manhattan and sailing up his eponymous river as far as present-day Albany. Hunter has clearly immersed himself in the period, producing a meticulous account of Hudson's three months in the New World. Readers may prefer to skim precise descriptions of his navigational difficulties, but few will resist the colorful personal conflicts, tortuous politics and alternately friendly and vicious encounters between Europeans and Native Americans. Photos. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.