John Cabot

Discovered the New World

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John Cabot, was born in, Genoa, in the year of 1450. His father, Guilo Caboto, was a spice merchant. At age 11, family moved to Venice, where he learned sailing and navigation from Italian seamen and merchants. In the 1490's he apparently moved to Spain, and then to England, at least in one part, to escape debt accrued in Italy. John Cabot married a women named Mattea and they had three sons by the names of Ludovico, Sancto, and Sebastian which later became an explorer.
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In 1497 John Cabot reached the New World. Some people think that one of the five ships sailed as far as the Caribbean Sea. He also was known for his discovery of Canada. By sailing to new land he solidified his name in history. His discoveries also lead to the colonization of Canada, Labrador, and Cape Breton Island. Even though he did not accomplish his goal of reaching Asia by a northwest sea route he was the first recorded sailor to reach that far and return.

Impact on Today

John Cabot's discoveries have made impacts on today by allowing the first colonies to be started. He also inspired people to define and make maps and discover new trails. Because he did have an impact on the world today he has a statue that is in Port Bristol of him holding a map and looking out to sea. He was also the only sailor to go that far and return before his second voyage in which he didn't return.

Interesting Facts Section

  • On March 5th, 1496, King Henry VII named John Cabot to seek islands towards the west, east, and north.
  • Giovanni Caboto was his real name and was transferred to an English name John Cabot.
  • His wife was named Mattea
  • Columbus and John Cabot were both born in Liverpool, England and both later became explorers.
  • He learned Cartography- astronomy, navigation, seamanship, and mathematics.
  • John Cabot disappeared on his second voyage and he never returned.
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Citation Section

Here is a quote that was written by John Cabot

"Sayled in this tracte so farre towarde the weste, that the Ilande of Cuba bee on my lefte hande, in manere in the same degree of longitude."

– John Cabot