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Fanciful eighteenth-century map of the Pacific coast of North America, showing the apocryphal Strait ofAnian (here spelled Straits of Annian). " CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, 1616 W HILE THE VOYAGES of Martin Frobisher and John Davis had resulted in >me hardship and loss of life, the ve into Hudson Bay introduced yet more suffering, tragedy and drama. But these efforts revealed what in time proved to be an even greater prize—Hudson Bay, the great inland sea that became the centre of a fur-tradingo empire spanning the continent.
The straits that Davis had described to the west of Baffin Island offered some possibilities, and it was there, to what is now known as Hudson Bay, that attention turned. Fanciful eighteenth-century map of the Pacific coast of North America, showing the apocryphal Strait ofAnian (here spelled Straits of Annian). " CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, 1616 W HILE THE VOYAGES of Martin Frobisher and John Davis had resulted in >me hardship and loss of life, the ve into Hudson Bay introduced yet more suffering, tragedy and drama.
It took him four years and four separate attempts to finally enter the "overfalls," the strait that now bears his name. Hudson's first voyage began in May 1607, when he sailed from Gravesend, England, in the small sloop Hopewell. Chartered by the Muscovy Company to sail by way of the North Pole, which some argued lay in a warm, open, polar sea, Hudson instead encountered heavy storms, thick fogo and ice off the coast of Spitsbergen r o (Svalbard), a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Pushing on, he finally stopped at 80°23' north—just 577 miles shy of the pole.