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Henry Hudson and the Search for the Northwest Passage

Henry Hudson and the Search for the Northwest Passage

Photo by contributor Betty Ritchie - Posted July, 2005

Henry Hudson and the Search for the Northwest Passage

Photo Source - Wikipedia

Plaque Location

The District of Cochrane
The Town of Moosonee
In Moose Factory, in Centennial Park at
Front Road and Riverside Drive

Coordinates: N 51 15.191 W 80 36.324


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Plaque Text

In 1600 Henry Hudson, a renowned English navigator, commenced his second voyage in search of a northwest route to China. With great daring and resolution he navigated the treacherous waters of Hudson Strait and descended into Hudson Bay. Believed to be the first European to explore this vast inland sea, Hudson laid the basis for English claims to much of present day Canada. His accomplishments were marred, however, by discord on the voyage. Having prolonged his futile search for the Pacific Ocean, Hudson was forced to spend a bleak winter in James Bay. When discontent among the men erupted into mutiny on the homeward journey the following spring, he and eight others were cast adrift in a small open boat and left to an unknown fate.



Moosonee Plaques

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> Posted January 23, 2014
This appears to be the northernmost provincial or federal marker in Ontario, at a latitude of 51.25 degrees North.

> Posted August 20, 2008
I visited this plaque in Moose Factory this summer and was shocked at its condition and neglect. I had to beat down 5 ft. tall grass to get to it. For a point of such historical significance to Canada, I was stunned that Parks Canada has no presence or preservation in Moose Factory at all.

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