On September 6, 1609, the Half Moon, captained by Henry Hudson, after sailing past Highlands, is said to have landed on the shores of present-day Keansburg (although some historians argue that the landing took place at the tip of Sandy Hook). Crewmen of the ship were attacked by the Native Americans when they departed the ship, and John Colman was killed, making him what is said to be the first European to be felled by a Native American arrow. He is believed to have been buried in the area that is today the intersection of Carr Avenue and Beachway in an area known as “Colman’s Point.”
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Henry Hudson. (2023). Encyclopaedia Britannica. Available: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Henry-HudsonEnglish navigator and explorer.
Robert Juet’s Journal of Hudson’s 1609 Voyage, from the 1625 edition of Purchas His Pilgrimes. (2017). New Netherland Museum. Available: http://halfmoon.mus.ny.us/Juets-journal.pdf.
Descendants of Founders of New Jersey. Available: http://www.njfounders.org/history/early-exploration-new-jersey