June 4, 2009

New York's gonna party like it's 1609!

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the Englishman Henry Hudson's voyage up the river that now bears his name. He was searching for a shorter route to the Orient under the auspices of the Dutch East India Company. His exploration led to the Dutch colonization of New York.
This year also happens to be the quadricentennial of Samuel de Champlain's voyage. The Frenchman (who also founded Quebec) was the first European to encounter the lake that was later named after him.

River Day starts on 06 June, with the flotilla leaving the Statue of Liberty and making its way to Albany by 13 June. To learn more about events commemorating these twin anniversaries, go to Explore NewYork 400 or Hudson 400.

(photos courtesy of Cecile)


Cecilia said...

Is this related to Cornwall-on-Hudson's RiverFest? It's this Saturday. Thanks for the credit on the pics.

Lani said...

That's a separate event. Beth my co-worker is going to that one.

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