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Photo by Mary Ellen Jacobs

In 1609, Captain Henry Hudson's Voyage of Discovery on board the original Half Moon led to the establishment of New Netherland, a geographically vast Dutch colony that stretched from Delaware Bay, through the Hudson River, and on to the Connecticut River. The Dutch called the Delaware River the South River; the Hudson was known as the North River, and the Connecticut was the Fresh River.

Although the original Half Moon never visited the Fresh River, we on the Replica Ship Half Moon enjoy re-exploring the Three Rivers of New Netherland. In association with Goodwin College of East Hartford, Connecticut, we now have the opportunity to introduce a group of area middle school students to our discoveries as well. Join us as our student crew learns about history and the natural world all around them.

The Daily Log is our way of letting you know each day's events.

Stop by the Crew pages to meet our student sailors, as well as the rest of the crew of the Half Moon.

The Learning Page is where we post information about our scientific studies.

Visit the Related Programs pages to see the other activities included in our expedition up the Connecticut River.

For information about our ship, including our past Voyages of Discovery, please visit the rest of the Half Moon web site.

If you'd like to talk to us on shipboard, send us an email at ship@newnetherlandmuseum.org. Please keep the email messages small (maximum 100 kb, less is better) because it takes us a long time to download.

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