Fatal journey : the final expedition of Henry Hudson--a tale of mutiny and murder in the Arctic

Peter C. Mancall.

In celebration of the anniversary of English navigator Henry Hudson's historic 1609 voyage to New York, Mancall (history and anthropology, U. of S. California) presents a gripping account of Hudson's next--and final--expedition to the region. As Hudson navigated his small ship, the Discovery, up the Hudson River in the fall of 1610 he and his 22-man English crew encountered unexpectedly harsh, life-threatening conditions. When the ship became icebound, the captain and crew were forced to endure seven months of unbearable winter conditions and dwindling provisions. After the summer thaw began, the men mutinied, sending Hudson, his 17-year-old son, and seven others adrift in a small boat, never to be seen again. Based on a variety of primary sources and visual evidence, Mancall traces Hudson's final voyage, the mutiny, and subsequent trial of the mutineers. Annotation c2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)



True Adventure TalesPosted August 8, 2011

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