Excerpt from Henry Hudson in Holland: An Inquiry Into the Origin and Objects of the Voyage Which Led to the Discovery of the Hudson River Bibliographical Notes
The following memoir is the result of an investigation made here for the purpose of ascertaining, more precisely than has hitherto been explained, the Circum stances which originated the voyage made on behalf of the Dutch East India Company by henry hudson, the motives, purposes and character of its projectors, and the designs of the navigator himself at the time he sailed upon that expedition. The inquiry has elicited some new and curious information, which it is hoped will prove interesting to those who love to study the proximate causes which led to the actual settlement of our continent by civilized man. The record of events which was fortunately made for us by the French Ambassador then, at the Hague is now fully identified and corroborated: the enterprizing spirits of Holland to whose energy we are indebted for the voyage are recognized, at least partially, and found to have been also the authors of the famous expeditions to the Arctic seas of william barendszoon; and hudson himself is seen to have contemplated and prepared himself in this voyage for the very exploration which he made of the greater part of the Atlantic coast of the United States and which resulted in the discovery of the bay of New York and its noble tributary.
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