By Owen J. Hurd

Provides fascinating anecdotes of recognized american citizens, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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It was at about this time that Discovery’s mathematician penned his secret note, hidden in the navigator’s desk, detailing a challenge to the captain’s authority by captain’s mate Robert Juet. Juet allegedly made drunken accusations and suggested that bloodshed was imminent. Hudson demoted Juet, replacing him with Robert Bylot. Things continued to get worse, thanks to the cold. The crew had also underestimated the amount of food required to make it through winter, and one of the men died, probably due to a combination of exposure and starvation.

On his last attempt, the ship he was commanding was twice attacked by pirates. They fought off the first attackers, and Smith negotiated his way out of the second attack. But while on board the enemy ship, his crew decided against following Smith to America. They ditched him and sailed back to England. Imprisoned on the French ship Don de Dieu for four months, Smith wrote the bulk of his book A Description of New England (thereby coining the term still used to describe the region). During a particularly bad storm, Smith saw his chance to make an escape.

Those who wished to return were outvoted by Hudson and a clique of loyal sailors who decided to stay put, assuming the weather there would not be too much worse than an English winter. That was their second mistake. The first mistake was putting it to a vote. Hudson may have believed that the crew would be more likely to accept the outcome if they had a say in it. Instead, it broadened existing divisions between two camps, hardening the resolve of those who were determined to overthrow the captain.

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