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JOHN CABOT (Italian : _Giovanni Caboto_, Venetian : _Zuan Chabotto_; c. 1450 – c. 1500) was a Venetian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of the coast of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England
England
was the first European exploration of the mainland of North America since the Norse visits to Vinland
Vinland
in the eleventh century. To mark the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Cabot's expedition, both the Canadian and British governments elected Cape Bonavista , Newfoundland
Newfoundland
, as Cabot's first landing site. However, alternative locations have also been proposed.

CONTENTS

* 1 Name and origins * 2 Early life * 3 Sponsorship

* 4 Expeditions

* 4.1 First voyage * 4.2 Second voyage * 4.3 Final voyage * 4.4 Death

* 5 Additional English voyages * 6 Sebastian Cabot\'s voyages * 7 Legacy and honors * 8 Sources * 9 Further reading * 10 References

* 11 External links

* 11.1 Primary sources, hosted by University of Bristol
Bristol

NAME AND ORIGINS

Giovanni Caboto was born in Italy, the son of Giulio Caboto and his wife; he had a brother Piero. He is known today as _Giovanni Caboto_ in Italy (as Zuan Chabotto in Venetian ), in English as John Cabot, in French as _Jean Cabot_, and in Spanish as _Juan Caboto._ The non-Italian forms are derived from how his name was recorded in related 15th-century documents. In Venice
Venice
he signed his names as "Zuan Chabotto", "Zuan" being a form of "John " typical to Venice. He continued to use this form in England, at least among Italians. He was referred to by his Italian banker in London as 'Giovanni Chabbote', in the only known contemporary document to use this version of his first name.

Gaeta
Gaeta
(in the Province of Latina ) and Castiglione Chiavarese (in the Province of Genoa ) have both been proposed as birthplaces. The main evidence for Gaeta
Gaeta
are records of a Caboto family residing there until the mid-15th century, but ceasing to be traceable after 1443.

Pedro de Ayala , the Spanish envoy and Cabot's contemporary in London, described him in a letter to the Spanish Crown in 1498 as "another Genoese like Columbus". John Cabot's son, Sebastian , said his father originally came from Genoa
Genoa
. In 1476 Cabot was made a citizen of the Republic of Venice, which required a minimum of fifteen years' residency in the city; thus he must have lived in Venice
Venice
since at least 1461.

EARLY LIFE

Giovanni Caboto house in Venice
Venice

He may have been born slightly earlier than 1450, which is the approximate date most commonly given for his birth. In 1471 Caboto was accepted into the religious confraternity of St John the Evangelist . Since this was one of the city's prestigious confraternities, his acceptance suggests that he was already a respected member of the community.

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. He presumably entered this trade shortly thereafter. A 1483 document refers to his selling a slave in Crete
Crete
whom he had acquired while in the territories of the Sultan of Egypt, which then comprised most of what is now Israel, Syria
Syria
and Lebanon
Lebanon
. This is not sufficient to prove Cabot's later assertion that he had visited Mecca , which he said in 1497 to the Milanese ambassador in London. In this Mediterranean trade, he may have acquired better knowledge of the origins of the oriental (West Asian) merchandise he would have been dealing in (such as spices and silks) than most Europeans at that time.

"Zuan Cabotto" (i.e. John Cabot) is mentioned in a variety of Venetian records of the 1480s. These indicate that by 1484 he was married to Mattea and already had at least two sons. Cabot's sons are Ludovico, Sebastian , and Sancto. The Venetian sources contain references to Cabot's being involved in house building in the city. He may have relied on this experience when seeking work later in Spain as a civil engineer. Cabot's travels around Europe, 1488–95, following his escape from Venice
Venice

Cabot appears to have got into financial trouble in the late 1480s and left Venice
Venice
as an insolvent debtor by 5 November 1488. He moved to Valencia
Valencia
, Spain, where his creditors attempted to have him arrested by sending a _lettera di raccomandazione a giustizia_ ("a letter of recommendation to justice") to the authorities. While in Valencia, " John Cabot
John Cabot
Montecalunya" (as he is referred to in local documents) proposed plans for improvements to the harbour. These proposals were rejected, however. Early in 1494 he moved on to Seville
Seville
, where he proposed, was contracted to build and, for five months, worked on the construction of a stone bridge over the Guadalquivir
Guadalquivir
river. This project was abandoned following a decision of the City Council on 24 December 1494. After this Cabot appears to have sought support in Seville
Seville
and Lisbon
Lisbon
for an Atlantic expedition, before moving to London to seek funding and political support. He likely reached England
England
in mid-1495.

SPONSORSHIP

Like other Italian explorers, including Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
, Cabot led an expedition on commission to another European nation, in his case, England. Cabot planned to depart to the west from a northerly latitude where the longitudes are much closer together, and where, as a result, the voyage would be much shorter. He still had an expectation of finding an alternative route to China.

Historians had thought that, on arrival in England, Cabot went to Bristol, a major maritime center, to seek financial backers. This was the only English city to have had a history of undertaking exploratory expeditions into the Atlantic. Cabot's royal patent (issued by the Crown in 1496) stated that all expeditions should be undertaken from Bristol, so his primary financial supporters likely were based in that city. In any case, it also stipulated that the commerce resulting from any discoveries must be conducted with England
England
alone.

In the late 20th century, British historian Alwyn Ruddock claimed to have found documentation that Cabot went first to London, where he received some financial backing from its Italian community. She suggested one patron was Father Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis, an Augustinian friar who was also the deputy to Adriano Castellesi , the papal tax collector. Ruddock suggested that Carbonariis accompanied Cabot's 1498 expedition. She also suggested that the friar, on good terms with the King, introduced the explorer to King Henry VII . Beyond this, Ruddock claimed that Cabot received a loan from an Italian banking house in London. As Ruddock ordered the destruction of all her research notes on her death in 2005, scholars have had to duplicate her research and rediscover documents. The Cabot Project was formed at the University of Bristol
Bristol
in 2009 to research Cabot and the Bristol
Bristol
expeditions. Francesco Guidi Bruscoli (University of Florence ) found some of Ruddock's documentation, confirming that Cabot received money in March 1496 from the Bardi family banking firm of Florence. The bankers located in London provided fifty _nobles_ (£16 13s. 4d.) to support Cabot's expedition to "go and find the new land". This payment from the Florentine merchants would have represented a substantial contribution, although it was not enough to completely finance the expedition.

On 5 March 1496 Henry VII gave Cabot and his three sons letters patent with the following charge for exploration:

...free authority, faculty and power to sail to all parts, regions and coasts of the eastern, western and northern sea, under our banners, flags and ensigns, with five ships or vessels of whatsoever burden and quality they may be, and with so many and with such mariners and men as they may wish to take with them in the said ships, at their own proper costs and charges, to find, discover and investigate whatsoever islands, countries, regions or provinces of heathens and infidels, in whatsoever part of the world placed, which before this time were unknown to all Christians.

Those who received such patents had the right to assign them to third parties for execution. His sons are believed to have still been minors.

EXPEDITIONS

John Cabot
John Cabot
plaque: John Cabot
John Cabot
departing Bristol
Bristol
, England
England
for Atlantic Canada (1497), installed at Sir Sandford Fleming Park , Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cabot went to Bristol
Bristol
to arrange preparations for his voyage. Bristol was the second-largest seaport in England
England
. From 1480 onward it had supplied several expeditions to look for Hy-Brazil . According to Celtic legend, this island lay somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. There was widespread belief among merchants in the port that Bristol
Bristol
men had discovered the island at earlier date but then lost track of it. Note: Ruddock had contended in a private 1988 letter to a colleague, Quinn, that she had found evidence in Italian archives that Bristol men had discovered North America pre-1470. As the island was believed to be a source of brazilwood (from which a valuable red dye could be obtained), merchants had economic incentive to find it.

FIRST VOYAGE

Cabot's first voyage was little recorded. A winter 1497/98 letter from John Day (a Bristol
Bristol
merchant) to an addressee believed to be Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
refers briefly to it, but writes mostly about the second, 1497 voyage. He notes, "Since your Lordship wants information relating to the first voyage, here is what happened: he went with one ship, his crew confused him, he was short of supplies and ran into bad weather, and he decided to turn back." Since Cabot received his royal patent in March 1496, it is believed that he made his first voyage that summer.

SECOND VOYAGE

Information about the 1497 voyage comes mostly from four short letters and an entry in a 1565 chronicle of the city of Bristol. The chronicle entry for 1496/7 says in full:

"This year, on St. John the Baptist's Day , the land of America was found by the Merchants of Bristow in a shippe of Bristowe, called the Mathew; the which said the ship departed from the port of Bristowe, the second day of May, and came home again the 6th of August next following." – G.E. Weare, _Cabot's Discovery of North America,_ (London, 1897), p. 116

What is known as the "John Day letter" provides considerable information about Cabot's second voyage. It was written during the winter of 1497/8 by Bristol
Bristol
merchant John Day (alias Hugh Say of London) to a man who is likely Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus
. Day is believed to have been familiar with the key figures of the expedition and thus able to report on it. If the lands Cabot had discovered lay west of the meridian laid down in the Treaty of Tordesillas , or if he intended to sail further west, Columbus would likely have believed that these voyages challenged his monopoly rights for westward exploration.

In addition to these letters, Dr Alwyn Ruddock claimed to have found another, written on 10 August 1497 by the London-based bankers of Fr. Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis . This letter has yet to be found. From various written comments made by Ruddock, the letter did not appear to contain a detailed account of the voyage. Ruddock said the letter contained "new evidence supporting the claim that seamen of Bristol
Bristol
had already discovered land across the ocean before John Cabot's arrival in England." She contended that Bristol
Bristol
seamen had reached North America two decades before Cabot's expedition. A statue of John Cabot
John Cabot
gazing across Bonavista Bay

The known sources do not concur on all aspects of the events, and none can be assumed to be entirely reliable. Cabot was described as having one "little ship", of 50 tons burden, called the _Matthew of Bristol_ (according to the 1565 chronicle). It was said to be laden with sufficient supplies for "seven or eight months". The ship departed in May with a crew of 18 to 20 men. They included an unnamed Burgundian (modern- day Netherlands) and a Genoese barber, who presumably accompanied the expedition as the ship's surgeon.

It is likely that two ranking Bristol
Bristol
merchants were part of the expedition. One was probably William Weston , who had not been identified as part of Cabot's expedition before the find of a new document in the late 20th century. His participation was confirmed by a document found in the early 21st century noting his reward from the King in January 1498 after the ship returned. More importantly, in 2009 historian Evan Jones confirmed that Weston had undertaken an independent voyage to the New Found Land in 1499, probably under Cabot's patent, as the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America.

Leaving Bristol, the expedition sailed past Ireland and across the Atlantic, making landfall somewhere on the coast of North America on 24 June 1497. The exact location of the landfall has long been disputed, with different communities vying for the honor. Historians have proposed Cape Bonavista and St. John\'s (present-day Newfoundland ); Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia); as well as Labrador
Labrador
(Canada) and Maine
Maine
(United States) as possibilities. Since the discovery of the "John Day letter" in the 1950s, it seems most likely that the initial landfall was either on Newfoundland
Newfoundland
or Cape Breton Island. This is because Day's letter implies that the coastline explored in 1497 lay between the latitudes of the Bordeaux River in France and Dursey Head in southern Ireland. The initial landfall seems to have taken place close to the southern latitude, with the expedition returning home after reaching the northern one. Route of 1497 voyage posited by Jones and Condon.

For the 500th-anniversary celebrations, the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom designated Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland
Newfoundland
as the "official" landing place. Here in 1997 Queen Elizabeth II, along with members of the Italian and Canadian governments, greeted the replica _Matthew_ of Bristol, following its celebratory crossing of the Atlantic. Cabot's expedition is believed to be the first by Europeans to mainland North America since the Vikings
Vikings
five hundred years before.

Cabot is reported to have landed only once during the expedition and did not advance "beyond the shooting distance of a crossbow". Pasqualigo and Day both state that the expedition made no contact with any native people; crew found the remains of a fire, a human trail, nets and a wooden tool. The crew appeared to have remained on land just long enough to take on fresh water; they also raised the Venetian and Papal banners, claiming the land for the King of England
England
and recognising the religious authority of the Roman Catholic Church. After this landing, Cabot spent some weeks "discovering the coast," with most "discovered after turning back."

FINAL VOYAGE

_ A replica of the Matthew _ in Bristol
Bristol

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. The explorer was feted; Soncino wrote on 23 August that Cabot "is called the Great Admiral and vast honour is paid to him and he goes dressed in silk, and these English run after him like mad". Such adulation was short-lived, for over the next few months the King's attention was occupied by the Second Cornish Uprising of 1497 , led by Perkin Warbeck . Once Henry's throne was secure, he gave more thought to Cabot. On 26 September, just a few days after the collapse of the revolt, the King made an award of £2 to Cabot. In December 1497 the explorer was awarded a pension of £20 per year. On February 3, 1498 he was given new letters patent covering the voyage and to help him prepare a second expedition. In March and April, the King also advanced a number of loans to Lancelot Thirkill of London, Thomas Bradley and John Cair, who were to accompany Cabot's new expedition.

The _Great Chronicle
Chronicle
of London _ (1189–1512) reports that Cabot departed with a fleet of five ships from Bristol
Bristol
at the beginning of May 1498, one of which had been prepared by the King. Some of the ships were said to be carrying merchandise, including cloth, caps, lace points and other "trifles". This suggests that Cabot intended to engage in trade on this expedition. The Spanish envoy in London reported in July that one of the ships had been caught in a storm and been forced to land in Ireland, but that Cabot and the other four ships had continued on.

For centuries no other records were found (or at least published) that relate to this expedition; it was long believed that Cabot and his fleet were lost at sea. But at least one of the men scheduled to accompany the expedition, Lancelot Thirkill of London, is recorded as living in London in 1501. Juan de La Cosa's map of the North Atlantic, 1500

The historian Alwyn Ruddock worked on Cabot and his era for 35 years. She suggested that Cabot and his expedition successfully returned to England
England
in the spring of 1500. She claimed their return followed an epic two-year exploration of the east coast of North America, south into the Chesapeake Bay area and perhaps as far as the Spanish territories in the Caribbean. Her evidence included the well-known world map of the Spanish cartographer Juan de la Cosa
Juan de la Cosa
. His chart included the North American coast and seas 'discovered by the English' between 1497 and 1500.

Ruddock suggested Fr. Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis and the other friars who accompanied the 1498 expedition had stayed in Newfoundland and founded a mission. If Carbonariis founded a settlement in North America, it would have been the first Christian settlement on the continent, and may have included a church, the only medieval church to have been built there.

The Cabot Project at the University of Bristol
Bristol
was organized in 2009 to search for the evidence on which Ruddock's claims rest, as well as to undertake related studies of Cabot and his expeditions. The lead researchers on the project, Evan Jones and Margaret Condon, claim to have found further evidence to support aspects of Ruddock's case, including some of the information she intended to use to argue for a successful return of the 1498 expedition to Bristol. These appear to place John Cabot
John Cabot
in London by May 1500, albeit Jones and Condon have yet to publish their documentation.

The Project is collaborating on an archaeological excavation at the community of Carbonear , Newfoundland, located at Conception Bay and believed the likely location for Carbonariis' mission settlement. The Archaeology of Historic Carbonear Project, carried out by Memorial University of Newfoundland
Newfoundland
, has conducted summer fieldwork each season since 2011. So far, it has found evidence of planter habitation since the late 17th century and of trade with Spain through Bilbao
Bilbao
, including a Spanish coin minted in Peru
Peru
.

DEATH

The circumstances of Cabot's death appear obscure and contradictory. He was last mentioned as a member of an expedition led by his son Sebastian in 1508-1509. Nothing is known about Cabot after that; perhaps he died during the journey, or more likely shortly after returning.

ADDITIONAL ENGLISH VOYAGES

Ruddock claimed that William Weston of Bristol, a supporter of Cabot, undertook an independent expedition to North America in 1499, sailing north from Newfoundland
Newfoundland
up to the Hudson Strait . If correct, this was probably the first North West Passage
North West Passage
expedition. In 2009, Jones confirmed that William Weston (who was not previously known to have been involved) led an expedition from Bristol
Bristol
to the "new found land " in 1499 or 1500, making him the first Englishman to lead exploration of North America. This find has changed the understanding of English roles in exploration of that continent.

King Henry VII continued to support exploration from Bristol. The king granted Hugh Eliot, Robert Thorne and his son a bounty of ₤20 in January 1502 for purchasing the _Gabriel_, a ship for an expedition voyage that summer. Later in 1502 or early 1503 he paid Eliot a reward of ₤100 for a voyage, or voyages, in "2 ships to the Isle of new finding," as Newfoundland
Newfoundland
was called. This amount was larger than any previously accounted for in royal support of the explorations.

SEBASTIAN CABOT\'S VOYAGES

Main article: Sebastian Cabot (explorer)

Sebastian Cabot , one of John's sons, also became an explorer, later making at least one voyage to North America. In 1508 he was searching for the Northwest Passage
Northwest Passage
. Nearly two decades later, he sailed to South America for Spain to repeat Ferdinand Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan
's voyage around the world. He became diverted by searching for silver along the Río de la Plata (1525–8) in Argentina.

LEGACY AND HONORS

_ Square Cabot_, Montreal
Montreal
_ ~ The Matthew ~_ In 1897, on the 400th anniversary of Cabot's discovery of North America, the Newfoundland
Newfoundland
Post Office issued a commemorative stamp honouring Cabot and his discovery.

* _Giovanni Caboto_ (1762), painting at Ducal Palace, Venice. * Cabot Tower (1897) in St. John\'s, Newfoundland
Newfoundland
, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Cabot's voyage. * Cabot Tower , in Bristol
Bristol
, England. A 30-metre tall red sandstone tower begun in 1897 to mark the 400th anniversary. * Denis William Eden painting: _ John Cabot
John Cabot
and his sons receive the charter from Henry VII to sail in search of new lands_ (1910), at Houses of Parliament. * Giovanni Caboto Club (est. 1925), an Italian club located in Windsor, Ontario. * A 1952 statue of the explorer is at Bristol\'s Council House . Photograph: Statue of John Cabot
John Cabot
/ Elizabethan Seaman * John Cabot University is a United States-affiliated university established in 1972 in Rome, Italy. * A 1985 bronze statue of the explorer by Stephen Joyce, is located at Bristol
Bristol
Harbourside . * A replica of the _Matthew_ of Bristol
Bristol
built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the 1497 voyage, docked in Bristol. * A second replica of the _Matthew_ is located at Cape Bonavista . * The scenic Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands is named after the explorer. * John Cabot Academy is an independent school in Bristol, England. * Cabot Links – a golf course in Inverness, Nova Scotia. * Cabot Ward is an electoral district in Bristol, indirectly named for the explorer and directly after the local Cabot Tower . * Cabot Squares in London and Montreal
Montreal
. * Cabot Circus
Cabot Circus
, a 2008 shopping mall in Bristol, named as a result of a citywide poll. * John Cabot
John Cabot
Road in north Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
. * Cabot Street in St. John\'s, Newfoundland
Newfoundland
and Labrador
Labrador
. * A bronze statue of the explorer stands at the Confederation Building , St. John's. * A bronze statue of the explorer is located at Cape Bonavista , Newfoundland. Plaques in English, French and Italian commemorate the historic voyage. * John Cabot
John Cabot
Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Canada is named after the explorer * Giovanni Caboto park located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada..

SOURCES

* Evan T. Jones and Margaret M. Condon, _Cabot and Bristol\'s Age of Discovery: The Bristol
Bristol
Discovery Voyages 1480–1508_ (University of Bristol, Nov. 2016). This short book provides an up-to-date account of the voyages, based on the research of the "Cabot Project", aimed at a general audience. * Evan T. Jones, "Alwyn Ruddock: \' John Cabot
John Cabot
and the Discovery of America\' ", _Historical Research_ Vol 81, Issue 212 (2008), pp. 224–254. Provides updated information on new discoveries of documents related to Cabot and his voyage, and claims made in the late 20th century by Alwyn Ruddock. * Evan T. Jones, "Henry VII and the Bristol
Bristol
expeditions to North America: the Condon documents", _Historical Research_, 27 Aug 2009, relates primarily to newly discovered documents related to William Weston's 1499 voyage. * Francesco Guidi-Bruscoli, \' John Cabot
John Cabot
and his Italian Financiers\', _Historical Research_ (Published online, April 2012). * J.A. Williamson, _The Cabot Voyages and Bristol
Bristol
Discovery Under Henry VII_ (Hakluyt Society, Second Series, No. 120, CUP, 1962). Considered the essential source-book for Cabot and his voyages. Numerous documents have been discovered in the Italian, Spanish and English archives that provide new insights into these events and era. * Skelton, R. A. (1979–2016). "Cabot, John". _Dictionary of Canadian Biography _ (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. A short introduction; it has been updated based on material published related to The Cabot Project at the University of Bristol. * H.P. Biggar (ed.), _The Precursors of Jacques Cartier, 1497–1534: A Collection of Documents Relating to the Early History of the Dominion of Canada_ (Ottawa, 1911). Contains transcriptions of many of the original documents in their original languages – i.e. Latin, Spanish and Italian. * P. D'Epiro, M.D. Pinkowish, _Sprezzatura: 50 Ways Italian Genius Shaped the World,_ 1st Anchor Book Edition, 2001, pp. 179–180.

FURTHER READING

* Evan T. Jones and Margaret M. Condon, _Cabot and Bristol\'s Age of Discovery: The Bristol
Bristol
Discovery Voyages 1480–1508_ (University of Bristol, Nov. 2016). * Douglas Hunter, _The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery_ (New York: Macmillan, 2011). He uses findings from The Cabot Project of the University of Bristol
Bristol
as part of his research. This is described by archeologist Peter Pope as "the first substantial book on Cabot since the batch that observed the quincentennial of 1997 and the most detailed comparison to date of the careers of Columbus and Cabot." * Maura, Juan Francisco. “El mito de “John Cabot”: construcción británica para reclamar la soberanía de Norteamérica” _Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos_. 788 (2016): 4–25. (Available on line).

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John Cabot
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Bristol
Discovery Voyages 1480–1508_ (University of Bristol, 2016), pp. 43–44. * ^ Lion of Saint Mark , given by Regione Veneto to the city of Halifax , Nova Scotia, for the 500th year from the arrival of John Cabot: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Halifay_-_NS_-_Giovanni_Caboto_Gedenktafel.jpg">, _Provincial Archaeology Office 2013 Archaeology Review,_ Vol. 12-2013, accessed 24 April 2015 * ^ Mark Rendell, "17th-century coins unearthed in Carbonear", _The Telegram_, 17 April 2014, accessed 24 April 2015 * ^ di Alberto Magnaghi. "CABOTO, Giovanni e Sebastiano in "Enciclopedia Italiana"". Treccani.it. Retrieved 2017-03-06. * ^ _A_ _B_ Evan T. Jones, "Henry VII and the Bristol
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expeditions to North America: the Condon documents", _Historical Research_, 27 August 2009 * ^ Evan T. Jones and M. M. Condon, "Weston, William (d. in or before 1505)", _Oxford Dictionary of National Biography,_ Oxford University Press, May 2010 * ^ Cutler, Miriam (2011). _Buenos Aires Street Guide_. LibrosEnRed. p. 16. ISBN 9781597546539 . * ^ Painting of Giovanni Caboto by Giustino Menescardi * ^ Denis William Eden: _ John Cabot
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and his sons receive the charter from Henry VII to sail in search of new lands_ (1910), at Houses of Parliament * ^ Giovanni Caboto Club History * ^ Douglas Merritt, _Sculpture in Bristol_ (Bristol, 2002), p. 90. Note: In 1956 this was designated as a "symbolic figure of an Elizabethan seaman," although the sculptor Charles Wheeler exhibited the work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of 1952 as "Number 1423, John Cabot
John Cabot
– sketch model for the statue on the New Council House, Bristol". The figure is dressed in fifteenth-century clothing, has a fifteenth-century navigational instrument (astrolabe) hanging from his belt and holds what appear to represent Cabot's letters patent . * ^ Peter Pope, "Review: _The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery._ Douglas Hunter", _The Canadian Historical Review_, Vol.93, No.4, December 2012 (subscription required)

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