Henry VII, First Letters in Patent Granted to John Cabot and His Sons (1496)

Henry VII, First Letters in Patent Granted to John Cabot and His Sons (1496)

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Unformatted text preview: Henry VII, First Letters in Patent Granted to John Cabot and His Sons (1496) Giovanni Caboto or John Cabot as he is known in the English-speaking world, was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1450, the son of a spice merchant. When Caboto became involved in the spice trade, he moved to Spain and began to travel extensively, seeking alternate sources of spices that would avoid the heavy taxes imposed on spices brought back through the Middle East. In 1495, he left Spain for Great Britain. Impressed by Caboto, British merchants arranged a meeting with King Henry VII in 1496. Henry was also impressed, and he authorized "letters in Patent" that allowed Caboto and his sons to make a voyage and claim any lands they discovered for the monarch. Henry imposed some restrictions on Caboto—mainly, he must stay on a northerly route so as to avoid the Spanish, who were exploring southern routes, and he could only set sail from and return to Bristol. The King, to all whom, etc. Greeting: Be it known and made manifest that we have given and granted as by these presents we give and grant, for us and our heir, to our well-beloved John Cabot, citizen of Venice, and...
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