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Dutch and English on the Hudson

A Chronicle of Colonial New York

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Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 51,869 / 163 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.7
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 535
Added to site: 2011.06.22
mnybks.net#: 30224
Genre: History
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g of a tin trumpet, owing to the number of hard northwesters which he had swallowed in the course of his sea-faring."

This account accords with our idea of this doughty navigator far better than the popular picture of the forlorn white-bearded old gentleman {13} amid the arctic ice-floes. The cause of the fiery nose seems more likely to have been spirits than tobacco, for Hudson was well acquainted with the effects of strong waters. At one stage of his journey he was responsible for an incident which may perhaps have given rise to the Indian legend of the mysterious potations attending the first landing of the white men. Hudson invited certain native chiefs to the ship and so successfully plied them with brandy that they were completely intoxicated. One fell asleep and was deserted by his comrades, who, however, returned next day and were rejoiced to find the victim professing great satisfaction over his experience.

[Illustration: The Hudson River Region, 1609-1770]

The ship had now reach

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