God's Mercies

God's Mercies

Rivalry, Betrayal and the Dream of Discovery

Book - 2007
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From acclaimed author Douglas Hunter, a searing historical work about death, deceit and dishonour, and the rivalry between Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson-two of the greatest explorers of the seventeenth century. Samuel de Champlain of France and Englishman Henry Hudson were rival explorers in a race to describe and exploit the northern half of North America and, not least, to find a profitable passage to the Orient. The English had been trying to find a way through the Arctic since the 1570s. For Hudson, the dream of discovery proved fatal. A mutiny in the summer of 1611 saw Hudson, his teenage son John, and seven other crew members cast adrift in James Bay in an open boat. They were never heard from again. In May 1613, Samuel de Champlain left the site of present-day Montreal on a journey up the Ottawa River into uncharted territory. Champlain had undertaken the expedition because of extraordinary testimony from a young informant, Nicolas de Vignau, who had spent 1611-12 with the Algonquin and returned to France with an incredible story: He had visited the Northern Sea. What's more, he had seen an English youth, the sole survivor of a shipwreck, held captive by the Nebicerini people as a gift for Champlain. To rescue both the English youth and his own career, Champlain set out to collect him. God's Mercies has all the elements of a great adventure mystery: a mutiny, a massacre, a murder trial, signed confessions, and intrigue at the highest levels of state. Truths would be revealed as lies, and lies would turn out to be half-truths.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 9780385660587
Characteristics: 416 pages :,maps ;,22 cm.


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Dec 04, 2012

book is like 2 in 1. re. time frame is close in each But mostly i'd say for the possibilitythat in first half is about henry Hudsons attempts(lead to think that a way to asia may be found on the shores of Hudson`s) decieved his crew on location of thier vessel ect... and his persistance on wanting to find the "north west passage" led to mutinany .Hudson,his young son along with 6 other crew where set adrift (in a smaller prefab boat kept in the hold ) in southern part of Hudsons bay just prior to Freeze up.the crew on ship hadnot signed up forover winter stay and where ill equipt .Hudson had decieved them & time was running out to be able beat the ice up .Never to be seen again............Although in the second part, now about samuel Champlain's St. laurence river expedition's Champlain here's and see's compelling evidence that Hudson's bunch may have survived and travelled long only to be killed stealling from local nation,though his son (hudson's son is thought not to have been killed with other's while stealing food ) but raised by clan .not visually verified though

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