My latest reading on Hudson was in The Life and Times of Pieter Stuyvesant by Willem van Loon: a charming historian of about a century ago who has the habit (all too rare these days) of giving big-picture overviews as well as facts and dates. He tells Hudson's story much better than I could do in this brief space!
Hudson's comment on America is one of the world's great understatements:
The statue of Henry Hudson commissioned for the 300th anniversary of his trip up the Hudson River celebration wasn't dedicated until 1938. When Parks Commissioner Robert Moses requested City funds to illuminate it, Deputy Mayor Curran caustically replied,