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[This is all that is known of the fate of Henry Hudson. These events are supposed to have occurred near the south-east corner of James Bay. The narrative goes on to describe the terrible hardships endured by the mutinous crew, during which, Robert Juet and others died of starvation. The survivors reached Plymouth, England, in September, 1611.]


Iv.—The Dutch settlement of the New Netherlands.

[from early Dutch Chronicles.]


[1624.] Numerous voyages realize so much profit for adventurers, that they discover other countries, which they afterwards settle and plant. Virginia, a country lying in 42 1/2°1 is one of these. It was first peopled by the French, afterwards by the English, and is today a flourishing colony. The Lords States General2 observing the great abundance of their people, as well as their desire to plant other lands, allowed the West India Company to settle that same country. Many from the United Colonies did formerly, and do still, trade there. Yea, for the greater security of the traders, a castle—Fort Nassau—had been built on an island in 42dg; on the north side of the River Montagne, now called Mauritius.3 But as the natives there were somewhat discontented, and not easily managed, the projectors abandoned it, intending now to plant a colony among the Maikans, a nation lying twenty five miles4 on both sides of the river upwards.

This river, or the bay, lies in 40dg;, running well in; being as broad or wide as the Thames, and navigable

1 North latitude.

2 Of Holland.

3 Now Hudson River.

4 These miles are Dutch, one being equal to three English.

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