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Explorer and navigator John Cabot was born Giovanni Caboto in Italy around 1450.

Though the exact details of his life and expeditions are the subject of debate, John Cabot may have developed the idea of sailing westward to reach the riches of Asia while working for a Venetian merchant. By the late 1490's he was living in England, and gained a commission from King Henry 6 to make an expedition across the northern Atlantic.

By 1495, he had moved to Bristol, England, with his family. He made a voyage in 1497 on the ship Matthew and claimed land in Canada—mistaking it for Asia—for King Henry VII of England.

Explorer John Cabot made a British claim to land in Canada, mistaking it for Asia, during his 1497 voyage on the ship Matthew.


He sailed from Bristol in May 1497 and made landfall in late June.

In early May of 1497, Cabot left Bristol, England. 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

1497, he crossed the Atlantic and discovered the mainland of North America—probably the Labrador coast. On this achievement was based the claim of England to North America. The following three documents contain

Impact on the World Today OR Impact on the World Then

Cabot’s discoveries under the English crown dramatically helped England to get their first colonies in the New World.

ohn Cabot moved to the bustling city of Venice with his family when he was eleven years old. His father continued to trade as a spice merchant and John Cabot helped with the family business. John Cabot learnt about trading in the spices obtained from the East from Guilo Caboto. This, together with access to Italian seamen and ships who had sailed to the East, provided John Cabot with the ambition to 'cut out the middle man' and travel the spice trade routes himself and then sell the spices on his return.

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