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John Cabot was an Italian explorer. John Cabot was the son of a spice merchant, Giulio Cabot, in Genoa. John Cabot’s Italian name was Giovanni Caboto. At age 11, his family moved to Venice, where he learned sailing and navigation from Italian seamen and merchants. In 1474, John Cabot married a girl named Mattea and eventually became the father of three sons: Ludovico, Sancto and Sebastiano. Sebastiano followed his fathers footsteps and became an Italian explorer. John Cabot was born around 1450. In 1497, Cabot traveled by sea to Canada, where he made a claim to land Sebastiano. Sebastiano would later follow in his father’s footsteps, becoming an explorer in his own right.
1476, Cabot officially became a Venetian citizen and began conducting trade in the eastern Mediterranean. Bartolome Dias and Christopher Columbus. These were his inspirations. Just like Columbus, Cabot believed that sailing west from Europe was the shorter route to Asia. There were experiences in England. John Cabot had financial problems and had to move from Venice, Italy.
John Cabot’s Exploration Route
In early May of 1497, Cabot left Bristol, England, on his ship Matthew, a fast and stable ship with 18 men on the ship with him. Cabot and his crew went west and north under because John Cabot believed that the route to Asia would be shorter from northern Europe than Columbus's trip along the trade winds. 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. Some historians believe that Cabot ended up at Cape Breton Island or mainland Nova Scotia. Others believe he may have landed at Newfoundland, Labrador or even Maine.
. The ship sailed for England in July 1497 and arrived in Bristol on August 6, 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.
In May 1498, John Cabot departed from Bristol with five ships and a crew of 300 men. The ships carried ample provisions and small samplings of cloth, lace points and other "trifles," suggesting an expectation of fostering trade with indigenous people. End route, one ship became disabled and sailed to Ireland, while the other four ships continued on. From this point, there is only speculation as to the fate of the voyage and John Cabot. For many years, it was believed that the ships were lost at sea. More recently, however, documents have emerged that place Cabot in England in 1500, laying speculation that he and his crew actually survived the voyage. Historians have also found evidence to think that Cabot's expedition explored the eastern Canadian coast, and that a priest accompanying the expedition might have established a Christian settlement in Newfoundland.