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mYth of mOHiKonToK

A mOHiKon mYtH

Columbus was lucky to land in America. His fellow navigators projected that Columbus would not find India for what he was after. Columbus took different route than Vasco Da Gama, a Portuguese navigator, who reached India on May 20, 1498 before Columbus. The people projected that Columbus will never be able to find India since he did not follow the same route that Vasco de Gama took. Moreover, he may not be able to come back to Spain, his home country, after his voyage. Columbus came to America in October 12, 1492; but he was thinking that he was in India when he was in America.

He found America in 1492. He landed on the coast of South America. He found Native Americans whom he named Indian. The fact was unrevealed to him that he had not reached India, and native Americans are not Indian. The mainland of the USA was inhabited by indigenous peoples ages before the settlers arrived. Among the indigenous people, there were the Algonquins, the Lenape (also known as the Delaware Indians), the Wappingers, and the Mahicans (the native Americans). They call Ca-ho-ha-ta-te-a (to mention “the river”) in the native language. The Hudson River was known as Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk (“river that flows two ways”). The Mohican tribe lived beside the Hudson river. There was the federation of native Americans in upstate New York – the Iroquois. The word ‘mohikontok’ has been spelled in various ways in many sources of information.

Who is Hudson?

The Dutch East India Company financed English navigator Henry Hudson in his search for the Northwest Passage. During the search, Hudson decided to sail his ship up to the river that would later be named after him. The navigator Henry Hudson arrived in New York in 1610.

When the river was born?

The Hudson River is about 315 miles long. It is 4,322 feet above sea level. The river is as deep as 200 feet in places. During the maximum point of the last ice age, glaciers covered about 32 percent of the total land of North America. The Hudson River is not a typical river. Hudson is actually a tidal estuary where salt water from the ocean combines with fresh water from the northern tributaries. Saltwater travels from the mouth of NY harbor to the Federal Dam in Troy, Albany, approximately 153 miles.

The river was created during the last Ice Age in the Hudson Valley. The most recent ice age, the North American glaciation existed approximately between 20,000 to 30,000 years BC. The rising sea levels, after the retreat of the Wisconsin glaciation, have resulted in a marine incursion that drowned the coastal plain and brought salt water above the mouth of the drowned river. 

The lake “Tears of Cloud” is located on the second-highest peak among the Adirondack mountains. It created a moving river of ice during the last ice age. It has been a myth in science that the world has seen six massive extinction in recent Millenium years. The river runs along the borderline of New York, and New Jersey.  It is a habitat for many sea animals.  Hudson Canyon is a rich fishing area. 

What lives in the river?

You can catch Striped Bass, Weakfish, Porgy, Eels, and Summer founder from May to November. A Stripped Bass may weigh more than 40 pounds. The Hudson River is much cleaner than in the past. Humpback Whales have made a comeback in New York City. 

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