John Cabot

Navigator and Explorer
Born 1450

John Cabot was an Italian navigator and explorer whose 1497 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 since the Norse Vikings visits to Vinland in the eleventh century. The official position of the Canadian and United Kingdom governments is that he landed on the island of Newfoundland.… Read More

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1450 Birth He may have been born slightly earlier than 1450, which is the approximate date most commonly given for his birth.


1471 21 Years Old In 1471 Caboto was accepted into the religious confraternity of St John the Evangelist. … Read More
1476 26 Years Old Following his gaining full Venetian citizenship in 1476, Caboto would have been eligible to engage in maritime trade, including the trade to the eastern Mediterranean that was the source of much of Venice's wealth. … Read More


1483 33 Years Old A 1483 document refers to his selling a slave in Crete whom he had acquired while in the territories of the Sultan of Egypt, which then comprised most of what is now Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. … Read More
1484 34 Years Old These indicate that by 1484 he was married to Mattea and already had at least two sons. … Read More
1488 38 Years Old Cabot appears to have gotten into financial trouble in the late 1480s and left Venice as an insolvent debtor by 5 November 1488. … Read More


1494 44 Years Old Early in 1494 he moved on to Seville, where he proposed, was contracted to build and, for five months, worked on the construction of a stone bridge over the Guadalquivir river. … Read More
1495 45 Years Old He likely reached England in mid-1495. … Read More
…  Dr Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (University of Florence) found documentation that Cabot received money in March 1496 from the Bardi family banking firm of Florence. … Read More
1497 47 Years Old On return to Bristol, Cabot rode to London to report to the King. On 10 August 1497, he was given a reward of £10 – equivalent to about two years' pay for an ordinary labourer or craftsman. … Read More
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On February 3, 1498 he was given new letters patent covering the voyage and to help him prepare a second expedition. … Read More


She had suggested that Cabot and his expedition successfully returned to England in the spring of 1500. … Read More
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