Hudson River is named after Henry Hudson, an English Sea Explorer and navigator who served the Dutch East India Company back in the early 17th century. He explored this river in 1609 for the first time.
Initially the river was known as Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk by native tribes or the Great Mohagen, meaning “a river that flows two ways” as it flows both North and South. This river is 315 miles long and flows north to south through the state of Eastern New York.
Quick Facts: –
- The Hudson River is a special kind of river called an estuary.
- Most part of the river flows in New York State but its final segment forms the boundary between New York and New Jersey.
- The widest point of the river is at Haverstraw Bay and it stretches for approximately 5 kilometers.
- The major tributary of Hudson River is the Mohawk River which forms one of the most important waterways of the United States.
- The Hudson River was declared as a federal government waterway in 1892.
- It is also known as Feldspar Brook and also Opalescent River.
- It is believed that an Italian explorer named Giovanni da Verrazano first sailed this body of water in the 1500s much earlier than Henry Hudson.
- The river has been used for many purposes from trade to navigation to transportation etc.
- This river’s valley played an important role during the French and Indian war in 1750s and the American Revolutionary war.
- Despite being smaller in size as compared to other rivers in America, it is still one of the most important rivers.