Henry Hudson: His Times and His Voyages

Henry Hudson: His Times and His Voyages

by Edgar Mayhew Bacon


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A century ago, in March 1908, The New York Times praised this now-classic 1907 monograph on the first European explorer to sail up the river we now call by his name: "A biography of Henry Hudson, in the ordinary sense, cannot be written, since there have come down to us records of but four years of his life, and even that scanty information is in a mutilated state. Mr. Bacon has pieced the fragments together in admirable style, giving them their correct historical setting..."

Bacon gives us a compelling portrait of Hudson as an inevitable man of his time: the beginning of the 17th century, when bold men were pushing back the frontiers of knowledge both figuratively and literally... and yet also that Hudson's great achievements were fortuitous accidents. It's a unique and unexpected perspective on a man who remains, for the most part, a mystery.

American author EDGAR MAYHEW BACON (1855-1935) also wrote New Jamaica (1890), Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (1897), Narragansett Bay (1904), and other books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948697064
Publisher: HVA Press
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 1,167,691
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Edgar Mayhew Bacon was born a U.S. citizen in Nassau in 1855 and spent most of his life in the Tarrytown area. Before becoming a historian and writer, he worked in a bookstore in Albany. He was married in 1903 to Anna Beard. He was a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Tarrytown, American Historians Association, and the National Geographic Society. He died in 1935 and is buried at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York. 

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