previous next


I.—Discovery of the Hudson River.

[Hudson sailed from Amsterdam, on his third voyage, March 25, 1609. these extracts are from the diary of Robert Juet, one of his men, beginning on the day when they saw sandy hook, at the entrance of what is now New York harbor, Sept. 2, 1609.]

Then the sun arose, and we steered away north again, and saw the land from the west by north, to the north-west by north, all like broken islands;1 and our soundings were eleven and ten fathoms.2 Then we luffed3 in for the shore, and fair by the shore we had seven fathoms. The course along the land we found to be north-east by north from the land which we had first sight of, until we came to a great lake of water, as we could judge it to be, being drowned land,4 which made it to rise like islands, which was in length ten leagues. The mouth of that land hath many shoals, and the sea breaketh on them as it is cast out of the mouth of it. And from that lake or

1 Sandy Hook.

2 A fathom is six feet.

3 Sailed to windward.

4 Flats covered by the tide.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Sandy Hook, Md. (Maryland, United States) (1)
Hudson River (United States) (1)
Amsterdam (New York, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Robert Juet (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
September 2nd, 1609 AD (1)
March 25th, 1609 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: