Adrian Block


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Block, or Blok, ADRIAEN, navigator ; born in Amsterdam, Holland. In 1610 he made a successful voyage to Manhattan (now New York) Bay, taking back to Amsterdam a cargo of rich furs. In 1614 he bought a merchant ship, the Tiger, and again visited Manhattan. The Tiger was accidentally destroyed by fire, but with his crew he made a yacht, named the Unrest, and with this explored adjacent waters. He was the first European to sail through Hell Gate, and he discovered the rivers now known by the names of Housatonic and Connecticut. The latter he explored as far as the site of Hartford, and still pushing east discovered Block Island, which was named for him. After reaching Cape Cod he left the Unrest, and returned to Holland on one of the ships which had sailed with him on his westward cruise.



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