Fatal Journey by Peter C. Mancall
The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson

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The English explorer Henry Hudson devoted his life to the search for a water route through America, becoming the first European to navigate the Hudson River in the process. In Fatal Journey, acclaimed historian and biographer Peter C. Mancall narrates Hudson’s final expedition.

In the winter of 1610, after navigating dangerous fields of icebergs near the northern tip of Labrador, Hudson’s small ship became trapped in winter ice. Provisions grew scarce and tensions mounted amongst the crew. Within months, the men mutinied, forcing Hudson, his teenage son, and seven other men into a skiff, which they left floating in the Hudson Bay.

A story of exploration, desperation, and icebound tragedy, Fatal Journey vividly chronicles the undoing of the great explorer, not by an angry ocean, but at the hands of his own men.


About Peter C. Mancall

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Peter C. Mancall is Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Southern California, and director of the USC–Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. The author of Hakluyt’s Promise, he lives in Los Angeles.
Published June 9, 2009 by Basic Books. 322 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Mancall stumbles a bit by structuring his book as a mystery that he then fails to solve. Still, his research is impeccable, and his writing is lively as he vividly describes the mutiny of Henry Hudson's men, their trial in England, and the world of 17th-century exploration.

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