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亨利.哈得逊沿河航行最终于他的名字命名,1609年9月3日

哈得逊并非首位发现该河的欧洲人,早在1524年,佛罗伦斯的一位航海家,就发现这条河。但哈得逊比之前的探险者更深入哈得逊河,航驶了150英哩,半月号无法接触到太平洋,但却接触到后来成为纽约州奥尔巴尼的城市,至此他们才回头。由于哈得逊的探险结果,此河便以他之名命名。

哈得逊是一个顽固但有胆识的指挥者,虽然他常因个人喜好下达错误命令,导致士气低落,他仍然是个有才能的航海家。他另有四次危险的航海行程,对地理知识有极大贡献。他在哈得逊河的探险,使得荷兰在此地区殖民。

Hudson was not the first European explorer to discover this river. The Florentine navigator Giovanni da Verrazano discovered the Hudson in 1524. But Henry Hudson traveled the river much farther than its previous explorer. After 150 miles, the Half Moon did not reach the Pacific, but it did reach what would later become Albany, New York. There, they turned around. But as a result of Hudson's exploration, the river bears his name today.

Hudson was a headstrong but courageous commander. Though he often mismanaged his crews by playing favorites or letting morale suffer, he was a competent navigator. He undertook four dangerous voyages, and made huge contributions to geographical knowledge. His exploration of the Hudson River led to Dutch colonization of the area.

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