John Cabot Research

John Cabot was born on 1450 in Italy and in 1497 John Cabot traveled by sea to Canada, where he made a claim to land for England, Mistaking the North American land for Asia. John Cabot was the son of a spice merchant, Giulio Caboto, in Genoa. In 1476 Cabot officially became a Venetian citizen and began conducting trade in the eastern Mediterranean.

In 1497 John Cabot made a discovery of parts of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England is commonly held to have been the first European encounter with the mainland of North America.

Cabot was the son of a spice merchant, Giulio Caboto, in Genoa. At age 11, his family moved to Venice, where he learned sailing and navigation from Italian seamen and merchants.In 1476, Cabot officially became a Venetian citizen and began conducting trade in the eastern Mediterranean. Records indicate that he got into financial trouble and left Venice as a debtor in November 1488.

Cabot and his son landed on June 24, 1497 in either Labrador, Newfoundland, or on Cape Breton Island and claimed the land for England.

John Cabot knew that ships cost a lot of money, money that he did not have. To get the required funds necessary Cabot had to secure an audience with the English king himself.Cabot’s discoveries under the English crown dramatically helped England to get their first colonies in the New World. Cabot’s adventurism and explorations blazed a trail for future explorers to refine maps and discover the true gravity of his and Columbus’s discoveries.

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