John Cabot explored North America searching for a more northern route to Asia than the one Christopher Columbus found. His letters patent from King Henry VII authorized him to explore new lands, return to England with merchandise and have a monopoly on any trade.Know More
John Cabot, an Italian whose original name was Giovanni Caboto, inspired by the voyages of Christopher Columbus, traveled to England in 1495 to obtain sponsorship and the king's approval for a voyage westward to Asia. His first voyage out of Bristol failed due to inclement weather. On his second voyage in 1497, he reached the northern coast of North America somewhere around Newfoundland, Cape Breton Island, southern Labrador or Maine, believing he had arrived in Asia. Although he noticed signs of human habitation, he did not encounter any people. After raising the flags of England and Venice, he explored the coastline and then returned to England with a favorable report. The king rewarded him with a pension.
In May 1498, Cabot left Bristol with five ships on a third voyage. This time he was determined to continue westward until he reached Japan. One of the ships became damaged and turned back to Ireland. Cabot was never heard from again. By 1499, the other ships along with Cabot and his crew were presumed lost at sea.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
The location of John Cabot at the time of his death is unknown. Conventional wisdom indicates that he died while on a seafaring expedition that commenced in 1498. Documents more recently discovered seem to place the explorer in England in 1500.Full Answer >
John Cabot was a navigator and sailor who traveled to Canada, around Italy and around the eastern Mediterranean. John Cabot's most famous adventure was to Canada in 1497, sailing for the King of England, Henry VII.Full Answer >
Explorer and navigator John Cabot was born to a spice merchant and his wife in roughly 1450 in Genoa, Italy, and grew up in Venice, learning navigation and sailing from Italian mariners. He was born Giovanni Caboto, and his name was later anglicized.Full Answer >
John Cabot was born as Giovanni Caboto in Italy, but moved to England, in 1495, where he represented England as an explorer and navigator. He lived from 1450-1499.Full Answer >