which, it is usually added, he never returned.
sail once more under the auspices of France
When the monarch had just lost every thing but honor in the disastrous battle of Pavia
, is it probable, that the impoverished government could have sent forth another expedition?
Did he relinquish the service of France
for that of England
It is hardly a safe conjecture,
that he was murdered in an encounter with savages, while on a voyage of discovery, which Henry VIII.
had favored.2 Hakluyt
asserts, that Verrazzani was thrice on the coast of America
, and that he gave a map of it to the English
It is the common tradition, that he perished at sea, having been engaged in an expedition of which no tidings were ever heard.
Such a report might easily be spread respecting a great navigator who had disappeared from the public view; and the rumor might be adopted by an incautious historian.
It is probable, that Verrazzani had only retired from the fatigues of the life of a mariner; and, while others believed him buried in the ocean, he may have long enjoyed at Rome
the friendship of men of letters, with
the delights of tranquil employment.4
Yet such is the obscurity of the accounts respecting his life, that certainty cannot be established.5
But the misfortunes of the French
monarchy did not
affect the industry of its fishermen; who, amidst the miseries of France
, still resorted to Newfoundland
There exists a letter6
to Henry VIII., from the haven
of St. John
, in Newfoundland
, written by an English