Adventures In Old New York

PODCAST REWIND: Here’s Henry Hudson!

PODCAST REWIND We turn the clock back to the very beginnings of New York history — to the European discovery of Mannahatta and the voyages of Henry Hudson.

Originally looking for a passage to Asia, Hudson fell upon New York Harbor and the Lenape inhabitants of lands that would later make up New York City. The river that was eventually named after Hudson may not have provided access to Asia, but it did offer something else that attracted the Dutch and eventually their very first settlement — New Amsterdam.


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For the images associated with the original blog post, click here.

A replica of Henry Hudson’s De Halve Maan (Half Moon) departing the Netherlands for New York Harbor for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909.

Courtesy Nationaal Archief

“View of a naval parade on the Hudson River taken from a boat, showing crowds on a the piers for the “Henrick Hudson 300 Years Celebration.” The docks for the Red Star Line and the American Line are visible.”

Courtesy Museum of the City of New York


A postcard commemorating the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. Read my article from 2009 (on the anniversary of the festival) for more information.

Courtesy Museum of the City of New York
Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

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