A Brief History of the Hudson River

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The Hudson River Valley is steeped with history and considered to be the most scenic river on the east coast.

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The Hudson River was named after an English explorer, Henry Hudson in 1609, while searching for a shortcut to China.

Stretching 315 miles from the Adirondack Mountains to the Upper New York Bay, the Hudson River was viewed as treacherous and inhospitable but allowed settlers to create a lucrative fur trade.

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The river was also the scene of numerous battles and played a pivotal role in winning the Revolutionary War.

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George Washington decided to fortify the river, used to transport troops and supplies, and strategically created West Point high on the plateau of the Hudson River’s west bank.

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Have you visited the Hudson River? We love to connect with others, so feel free to leave us a comment and share your experiences!


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