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In cabot's early years he was a italian sailor and explorer john cabot was born Giovanni caboto in 1450.By 1497 cabot traveled by sea to canada, where he made a claim to land for England, mistaking the north American land for Aisa Cabot was the son and of Giulio caboto, in Genoa. At age 11, his family moved to Venice, where he learned sailingand navigation from Italian seamen and merchants. In 1474, Cabot married a girl named Mattea and eventually became the father of three sons Ludovico, Sancto, and Sebastiano. Sebsastiano would later follow in his father's foot steps,becoming and explorer in his own right. In 1476, Cabot offcially became a Venetian citizen and began conducting trade in the eastern Mediterranean.

In Cabot's north american voyages is in early may of 1497, Cabot left Bristol, England, on the Matthew, a fast and able ship weighing 50 ton, with a crew of 18 men. Cabot and his crew sailed west and norh under Cabot's belief that the route to asia would be shorter from northern Europe than columbus's voyage along the trade winds. On june 24, 1497, 50 days into the voyage, Cabot landed on the east coast of north america, though the precise location of this landing is subject to controversy. Some historians believe that Cabot landed at Cape Breton Island or Mainland Nova Scotia. Others believe he may have landed at newfoundland.

Cabot's mysterious end In may 1498, john Cabot departed from Bristol with five ships and a crew of 300 men.The ships carried ample provisions and small samlings of cloth, lace points and other "trifles," suggesting an expectation of fostering trade with indigenous people. En route, one ship became disabled and sailed to Ireland, while the other four ships continued on from this point, there is only speculation as to the fate of the voyage and john cabot. For many years, it was believed that the ship were lost at sea. More recently, however, documents have emerged that place Cabot in England in 1500, lay specaulation that he and his crew actually survived the voyage.


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