By Alisan Fu
Cabot was a cartographer, navigator and a famous for being an explorer.
He sailed with his father John Cabot and is said to have been accredited
by some of his works. He is said to been born in Venice but many
say he told old Englishman Richard Eden that he was born in Bristol
and carried to Venice when he was only four years old. He was a
well educated person who was educated in England. He had two brother
Ludovico and Sancto Cabot. He is famous for searching first the
Northwest Passage across North America, his attempt to travel around
the world and his expeditions to Russia. Born in a Sailor family
Sebastian Cabot was a good cartographer and a good navigator. Soon
powerful countries started to see his talent and decided to hire
In 1498 Sebastian Cabot made one of his first important trips with
his father John Cabot to Newfoundland. They were looking for a passage
to the east to china but didn’t find it. In 1497 John Cabot
sail to the Atlantic, looking for a sea route, a North West passage
to the Indies and China. Kind Henry VII granted him rights to seek
for island and countries under the English flag. The voyage was
successful and on the return Sebastian Cabot got credit for this
expedition. His father John Cabot died shortly after their return.
in 1512 Sebastian Cabot was working for King Henry VIII as a cartographer
at Greenwich. England hired him to aid in the war against the French.
In that same year Sebastian Cabot was working for Spain, King Ferdinand.
He was appointed captain of the Spanish fleet. Due to his knowledge
about the coast of Newfoundland he was also hired by the Spanish
as a counselor of Newfoundland for the Spanish king.
little is known about Sebastian Cabot. All his journey accounts
have been lost and only one of his maps was found. Many people say
that he made many undocumented trips to the west but there is no
solid evidence about this. Some historians even doubt his trip to
find a passage to the Northwest.