6. Cabot's first year of exploring was in 1497 on the ship called Matthew and claimed land in Canada. On June 24, 1497, 50 days into the voyage, Cabot landed on the east coast of North America, though the precise location of this landing is subject to controversy. After setting sail in May 1498 for a return voyage to North America, Cabot's final days remain a mystery. It is believed he died sometime in 1499 or 1500. Though the Matthew's logs are incomplete, it is believed that John Cabot went ashore with a small party and claimed the land for the King of England, the ship sailed for England in July 1497 and arrived in Bristol on August, 1497. Cabot was soon rewarded with a pension of £20 and the gratitude of King Henry VII. In February 1498, he was given permission to make a new voyage to North America.