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John Cabot

John Cabot (1450-1498)

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    1450  CEJohn Cabot was born in Genoa.
    1475  CEBritish fishermen lost access to fishing grounds off Iceland due to a war in Europe. The cod catch did not go down and it is presumed that they had discovered the cod-rich waters off Newfoundland, whose discovery was later attributed to John Cabot.
    1484  CEJohn Cabot moved to England.
    1496  CEEnglish King Henry VII hires John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto) to explore. Like Columbus and Magellan, Cabot thought there was a better route to the riches of the Orient by heading west instead of east.
  2 May 1497  CEJohn Cabot set sail from Bristol in England, in the 'Matthew', a ship less than 70 feet long, with a crew of 18 men.
 24 Jun 1497  CEJohn Cabot sights Newfoundland (Eastern Canada ) and claims it for England.
 24 Jun 1497  CEAfter 5 weeks at sea, John Cabot's crew sighted land somewhere in Newfoundland.
  6 Aug 1497  CEJohn Cabot returned to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.
  6 Aug 1497  CEJohn Cabot returned to England. Although he brought no spices or treasure back with him, he was able to map out the first details of the North American coast.
    1497  CEJohn Cabot departs from England for North America.
   May 1498  CECabot disappears on voyage
   May 1498  CEJohn Cabot in one of five ships set sail for America. King Henry approved a Cabot's second voyage and financed one ship. Four other ships were financed by merchants hoping to cash in on the new route to the Orient. Only one ship returned for repairs and the other four, with John Cabot as captain, disappeared and never returned.
    1508  CESebastian Cabot, son of John Cabot, an accomplished mapmaker and navigator, with King Henry VII's support, set sail to discover western lands.
 
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