Explorers wondered how they could reach China or India by overland journeys. Navigators naturally thought of. some waterway through or around the n
ewly discovered lands to the rich countries of the Far East. When warriors heard rumors of cities and gold not far away, they dreamed of conquest.
The Men Who Were to Solve the Problem. After Columbus had broken the path, others found it easy to follow. Men of nearly every nation joined in the work. They were so numerous that it is impossible to
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mention a few without doing injustice to those left unnamed.
Four, however, are of special interest to students of American history ? John Cabot, whose explorations gave England her claims in North America; Magellan, who first sailed around the world and thus showed that America was far from Asia; Verrazano, who made western voyages for the King of France; and Cartier, who opened the St. Lawrence Valley to the French.
I. The English King Takes Part In Exploration
John Cabot. About the time that Columbus left Italy there lived in Venice an Italian merchant and mariner by the name of John Cabot. He too was probably born in Genoa, the home of Columbus. Like Columbus, also, he knew about the trade with India and China. Once upon a time he had visited Arabia and he had made inquiries there about the far Eastern lands.