Monday, March 30, 2009

400th Anniversary Of Henry Hudson's Voyage To Manhattan On Saturday

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This Saturday will mark the 400th year since Henry Hudson left Amsterdam on his voyage to find a northwestern passage to Asia but instead landed in what is known today as Manhattan.

Hudson's trip on the 85-foot, triple-masted ship was his third trip east. The first two voyages encountered Arctic ice but the third, on instructions from the Dutch East India Company, resulted eventually in Dutch control Manhattan island.

The Museum of the City of New York, in collaboration with the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, will open an exhibition this week celebrating the anniversary in an exhibit called "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson."

The exhibit will include rare maps, artifacts from the 16th and 17th centuries, paintings and documents. Visitors will also learn how scientific advances in the 13th and 14th centuries assisted in 15th and 16th century exploration.

Henry Hudson, an Englishman, explored the New York Harbor in 1609 and the river that today bears his name. His voyage led to the founding of the Dutch West India Company and ultimately to the founding of New Netherland and the New Amsterdam trading post at the mouth of what is now the Hudson River.