Hudson Strait provides access by sea to the heart of Canada and has been used commercially for 3 centuries, chiefly in connection with the FUR TRADE. Hudson's Bay Company vessels have used it since 1670. Navigation of the strait is not intricate; the route is wide and free from shoals. However, fog, current and the tidal stream made it tricky for early sailing vessels. The NORSE almost certainly knew the route. Martin FROBISHER mistakenly entered the strait in 1578, but Henry HUDSON - for whom it is named - was the first European known to have explored it and followed it into the bay.
Author JAMES MARSH
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