Describe a few significant events of Giovanni Caboto's (John Cabot's) exploration into North America.

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Giovanni Caboto, or John Cabot as he came to be known after moving to England, had several major accomplishments:

  • He was the first European since the Vikings to have explored North America. In 1493, having had problems with Arab traders, Cabot moved to England because he felt that Asia could more easily be reached by going due East. In England, Cabot was granted sponsorship by Henry VII because he convinced the king that the boats could reach Asia by means of an more northernly route.
  • Cabot explored much of Canada's northern sealine, landing near Labrador, Newfoundland, or Cape Breton Island.
  • This search for a Northwest Passage encouraged others to try to discover a path to the Indies.
  • Expeditions were also sent to Canada where other land discoveries were made. Thus, Cabot's explorations gave Great Britain claim to North America.