ch, it was reluctantly confessed, had been first visited by the Cabots.
The fisheries had for some years been successfully pursued; savages from the north-eastern coast had been
1508 brought to France;
Charlevoix, N. F. i. 4. plans of colonization in North
1518 America had been suggested by De Lery and Saint Just;
Memoire, &c. 104. when at length Francis I.,
a monarch who had invited Da Vinci and Cellini to transplant the fine arts into his kingdom, employed John Verrazzani, another Florentine, to explore the new regions, which had alike excited curi-
1523 osity and hope.
It was by way of the isle of Madeira, that the Italian, parting from a fleet which had cruised successfully along the shores of Spain, sailed for Amer-
1524 Jan. 17. ica,
See Verrazzani's letter to Francis I.,
from Dieppe, July 8, 1524, in Hakluyt, III. 357—364, or in N. Y. Hist.
Coll. i. 45—60.
It is also in Ramusio.
Compare Charlevoix, N. F. i. 5—8. with a single caravel, reso<