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John Cabot

1450–1499
Civilization: European — Genoa
   Field of Renown:  explorer — N. America
Era:  Renaissance

Cabot, Sebastian, son of the , preceding; born at Bristol, England, about 1477; accompanied his father on ' many voyages; aided him in the discovery of Newfoundland and what is supposed to have been that portion of the mainland now known as Labrador. Ile afterward sailed as far south as Cape Florida. Entering the service of the King of Spain in 1512, he was made by that sovereign a member of the Council of the Indies, and in 1526 commanded an expedition which explored the river La Plata. Subsequently returning to England, he was treated with great consideration by Edward VI., who granted him a pension. Cabot was chosen Governor of a company formed to trade with Russia. Ile is said to have been the first person who discovered the variation of the compass. Died about 1557.


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New Home of Liberty  in  The Story of Liberty  by  Charles Coffin
John Cabot and his Son Sebastian  in  First Book in American History  by  Edward Eggleston
Early Dicoverers  in  Peeps at History - Canada  by  Beatrice Home
How the Flag of England Was Planted in New World  in  This Country of Ours  by  H. E. Marshall
Westward! Westward! Westward!  in  Our Empire Story  by  H. E. Marshall
English Explorers  in  American History Stories - I  by  Mara L. Pratt
Follow the Leader  in  Discovery of New Worlds  by  M. B. Synge
Cabot Sails to Newfoundland  in  Book of Discovery  by  M. B. Synge
Henry VII, Columbus, and Cabot  in  Tudors and Stuarts  by  M. B. Synge


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Sebastian Cabot, by Holbein
 in Indian History for Young Folks

Cabot and his two counts
 in First Book in American History

Cabot returns to England
 in First Book in American History

Sebastian Cabot
 in John and Sebastion Cabot

Cabot and His Ship Leaving Labrador
 in Builders of Our Country - I

Sebastian Cabot When an Old Man
 in Builders of Our Country - I


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