On 24 June 1497 he landed somewhere on the N American coast - the actual place of landing most likely being
It appears that Cabot perished on this voyage, though one or more of his ships may have returned to Bristol. Most historians maintain that he was probably lost off the coast of Newfoundland. Because the fact that Cabot had found a new continent soon became known in Europe, Cabot made what has been called "the intellectual discovery of America." His voyages provided the basis for England's claim to N America and led to the opening of the rich NW Atlantic fishery.
Author JOHN PARSONS
Links to Other Sites
European Exploration: From Earliest Times to 1497
Follow John Cabot's historic voyages of discovery at this Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Web Site.
Watch the Heritage Minute about explorer John Cabot from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related online learning resources.
Major Northwest Passage Exeditions and Explorers
This site offers brief accounts of various European expeditions to North America in search of the Northwest Passage. From the website "Of Maps and Men: In Pursuit of a Northwest Passage," Princeton University.
Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh
Read the text of the "Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh Granted unto Iohn Cabot and his Three Sonnes, Lewis, Sebastian and Sancius for the Discouerie of New and Unknowen Lands." From the Yale Law School website.
The lost voyage: First English-led expedition to North America
An article about recently revealed research concerning a 1499 English exploratory voyage to North America. From the website for the University of Bristol.
Alwyn Ruddock: John Cabot and the Discovery of America
An analysis of Dr. Alwyn Ruddock's research on the North American discovery voyages of John and Sebastian Cabot. From the "Wiley InterScience" website.
The Cabot Project
The website for an international investigation into the Bristol discovery voyages of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries – in particular, those undertaken by the Venetian adventurer John Cabot. Scroll down the page for links to full text copies of key research documents that relate to John Cabot and his contemporaries. From the University of Bristol.
Reader's Guide to the History of Newfoundland and Labrador
An extensive history of Newfoundland and Labrador (to 1869). Includes numerous links to primary sources and other online publications. From Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.
Forgotten expedition to Canada revealed in centuries-old letter
About a letter from King Henry VII that refers to a previously unknown 1499 expedition to North America led by English shipping merchant William Weston. From the canada.com website.
A detailed academic paper about public art landmarks created in Montréal's Italian-Canadian community in the 1920s - 1930s. See page 129 for references to John Cabot, page 142 the Notre-Dame-de-la-Défense church, and page 154 for Guido Nincheri. From Concordia University.