The Voyage of the Matthew

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In 1497, the first Europeans set foot on the North American mainland and claimed it for the English crown. Led by John Cabot, a small band of hardy sailors had braved the stormy, uncharted seas of the North Atlantic in a single, three-masted sailing ship. Americans speak English rather than Spanish or Italian because of this voyage; yet remarkably little is known about John Cabot or his adventurous and daring life. On the 500th anniversary of his discovery, another crew of intrepid sailors set out to make the ...
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In 1497, the first Europeans set foot on the North American mainland and claimed it for the English crown. Led by John Cabot, a small band of hardy sailors had braved the stormy, uncharted seas of the North Atlantic in a single, three-masted sailing ship. Americans speak English rather than Spanish or Italian because of this voyage; yet remarkably little is known about John Cabot or his adventurous and daring life. On the 500th anniversary of his discovery, another crew of intrepid sailors set out to make the same journey, in a replica of Cabot's ship - accompanied by a public television camera crew. The Voyage of the Matthew combines historical research into the great Age of Discovery with the lure of exploring new territory and confronting age-old challenges.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780912333229
  • Publisher: Bay Soma Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/1997
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.55 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Acknowledgements 8
Introduction: The Most Important Ship in the English Language 10
1 Cabot's World 18
2 The Italian Connection 38
3 Designing Cabot's Caravel 54
4 New for Old 70
5 Across the Western Sea 86
6 Slow Boat to China 106
7 The Final Voyage 130
8 The End of the Beginning 146
App. 1 John Cabot - a Chronology 164
App. 2 Contemporary Documents 167
Notes 181
Bibliography 184
Index 187
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