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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, A book of American explorers, chapter 3 (search)
others in Venice, and dated Aug. 23, 1497.] This Venetian of ours, who went with a ship from Bristol in quest of new islands, is returned, and says that seven hundred leagues hence he discovered t them with. He has also given him money wherewith to amuse himself till then; and he is now at Bristol with his wife, who is a Venetian woman, and with his sons. His name is Zuan John. Cabot; ans by a card and other demonstrations reasonable he showed, —caused to man and victual a ship at Bristol, to search for an island which he said he knew well was rich and replenished with rich commodither as chief patron, the said Venetian. And in the company of the said ship sailed also out of Bristol three or four small ships fraught with slight and gross merchandises, as coarse cloth, caps, laces, points, and other trifles, and so departed from Bristol in the beginning of May: of whom in this Mayor's time returned no tidings. Of three savage men which he brought home, and presented unt