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The voyage of the Matthew : John Cabot and the discovery of North America

Author: P L Firstbrook
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : KQED Books & Tapes ; [Emeryville, CA] : Distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West, 1997.
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Cabot; P L Firstbrook; Jean Cabot; Jean Cabot; John Cabot; P L Firstbrook
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P L Firstbrook
ISBN: 0912333227 9780912333229
OCLC Number: 36630026
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Most important ship in the English language --
Cabot's world --
Italian connection --
Designing Cabot's caravel --
New for old --
Across the western sea --
Slow boat to China --
Final voyage --
End of the beginning.
Responsibility: Peter Firstbrook ; [foreword by H.R.H. Prince Philip].

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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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