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The top of the Empire State Building in New York was buit to be a mooring place for dirigibles (Blimps).
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Early 17th century English explorer and navigator Henry Hudson was born in England around September 12, 1570.
Setting sail on the Hopewell in 1607, Hudson hoped to find the fabled northwest passage to Asia through the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole. Reaching the east shores of Greenland in June of 1607 he made his way north, mapping as he went. His expedition started out for Svalbard on June 20, 1607, reaching an island on the north end of the island group only 577 nautical miles from the north pole on July 17, 1607. He found there was not any way to go further due to the heavy ice causing him to make the decision to return to England on July 31, 1607.
He made another attempt in 1608, sailing farther east along the northern coast of Norway. But once again the northern routes were blocked by ice and he was able to reach Novaya Zemlya before turning back.
In 1609 another ship, the Halve Maen was commissioned for Hudson, which he took north in May of 1609. After being forced to turn back before reaching Novaya Zemlya he headed west and reached the Grand Banks, off Newfoundland, in early July of 1609.
They spent the next four months exploring the east coast of North America, including Manhattan, Maine, Cape Cod and sailing a distance up the Hudson River, which still bears his name.
The Dutch claimed the area and set up the New Amsterdam colony, which later became New York City.
In July of 1611, Hudson's crew mutinied after surviving a harsh winter when the ship became icebound. They put Hudson, his son, and several other crew members loyal to Hudson adrift in a small boat. They were never seen from again and it is presumed that Henry Hudson died in July of 1611 somewhere in Hudson Bay, Canada.
February 24, 2024