The year 2009 marked the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the majestic river that bears his name. Commissioned by the Dutch East India Company to find a northeastern passage over Russia to China, the inscrutable Hudson instead turned his ship Half Moon west, toward the largely unexplored coastline between Spanish Florida and the Grand Banks. Douglas Hunter, himself a sailor as well as a scholar and storyteller, offers an entirely new timeline of Hudson's passage based on innovative forensic navigation and original insights. His rich narrative of adventure and exploration is filled with international intrigue, backstage business drama, and Hudson's own unstoppable urge to discover.
"[The author's] observations of nautical life are astute.... 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