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John Cabot is an Italian born English navigator and explorer Many people refer to him as his last name Cabot Cabot was not very different from your average explorer from the 1400-1500s What was different about Cabot was the fact that he was looking for a passage from The Americas to Asia not the other way around like most of the other explorers Cabot was born in Genoa Italy around 1450 In 1461 he went to live in Venice Italy He became a citizen in 1476 In 1484 Cabot moved to London England with his family He moved to England because he knew that in England it would be easier to get a ship and go explore the world He wanted to go to Brazil andor the Seven Cities He had been living for London for quite some time and then he found out that Christopher Columbus from Spain had reached the IndiesAfter he heard about Christopher Columbus reaching the Indies he gathered up his crew and decided that they would go beyond that and reach Asia Cabot sent papers to King Henry VII asking for a ship to sail westward and the King said well-beloved John Cabot citizen of Venice discover and find whatsoever isles countries regions or provinces of the heathen and infidels which before this time have been unknown to all Christians The king also declared that Cabot must give one fifth of all of his findings to the King With the power of the king behind him Cabot and his crew set forth from Bristol England They set sail westward on a ship named Mathew Eighteen men made up the crew and Cabot was their captain They went around Ireland and went north After going north for a while they decided to go west They were unable to keep a steady path due to the high winds After about 52 days at sea Cabot and his crew had finally struck land
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