e, 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,
1527 that he was murdered in an encounter with savages, while on a voyage of discovery, which Henry VIII.
Memoir of S. Cabot, 271—276. Hakluyt asserts, that Verrazzani was thrice on the coast of America, and that he gave a map of it to the English monarch.
Hakl. Divers Voyages, 1582, quoted in Mem. of Cabot, p. 272. 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 friendshi