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SIERRA EXPLOERS

JOHN CABOT

John Cabot was born in 1450 and died in 1500.He was born in Genoa,Italy. Cabot was a Venetian explorer and navigator known for his 1497 voyage to North America where he claimed land in Canada for England. After setting sail in May 1498 for a return voyage to North America,Cabot's final day remains a mystery.

In 1497 Cabot traveled by sea from Bristol to Canada which he mistook for Asia. Cabot made a claim to the North America land for King Henry VII of England setting the course for England to have power in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Cabot believed that sailing west from Europe was the shorter route to Asia.Cabot traveled to England to met King Henry VII who gave him permission to seek and discover and find new lands for England.In early 1497, Cabot left Bristol,England on Matthew a fast and able ship weighing 50 tons with a crew of 18 men. Cabot and his crew sailed west and north under Cabot's belief that the route to Asia would be shorter from northern Europe than Columbus's voyage along the trade winds. On June 24, 1497, 50 days into the voyage, Cabot landed on the coast of North America.

The precise location of Cabot's landing is subject to controversy. Some historians believe that Cabot landed at Cape Breton Island or Mainland Nova Scotia.Others believe he may of landed at Newfoundland Labrador or even Maine.Though the Matthews logs were incomplete it was believed that John Cabot went ashore with a small party and claimed the land for the King of England.In July 1497 the ship sailed for England and landed in Bristol on August 6,1497.Cabot was soon rewarded with a pension of 20 pounds and the gratitude of King Henry VII.

John Cabot also known as Giovanni Caboto was born around 1450 in Genoa,Italy.

In 1474 John Cabot married a young named Mattea. The couple had three sons: Ludovico,Sancto and Sebastiano.

John Cabot
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