Shocking News! Columbus May Not Have Been First to Visit America

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From the file of duh! Discovery News reports that Christopher Columbus may not have been the first to America.  Recent findings in a bank ledger from the Bardi banking house in London refers to paying John Cabot 50 nobles sterling to find the new land, not a new land. This little change in grammar has lead to a flurry of excitement for John Cabot scholars.  How much of the new land did Cabot know about before his and Columbus’ journeys?  Is this really evidence of prior knowledge of a new land or a slip of the pen?  More research into the Bardi documents will hopefully uncover whether they knew of the new land and if this knowledge led to their financing of John Cabot’s voyages.

An investigation worthy of a Dan Brown novel has shed new light on the voyages of John Cabot,‭ Columbus May Not Have Been First to Visit America‬the Italian navigator and explorer, revealing that he may have‭ ‬had‭ ‬knowledge of European expeditions to the‭ “‬New World‭”‬ that predated Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage.

Although commonly credited with “discovering” America, Christopher Columbus would not reach the mainland of the New World until 1498, when he sailed to South America.‭

Farther north, Cabot became the first European since Leif Ericson and the Vikings to land on North American soil when he made three voyages ‬for England’s Henry VII between the summers of‭ ‬1496‭ ‬and‭ ‬1498.‭ ‬The second of‭ ‬these expeditions,‭ carried‭ ‬out in‭ ‬1497,‭ ‬resulted in the European discovery of North America — at Newfoundland‭.

Now a brief entry in a‭ ‬yellowed accounting ledger has revealed an unexpected European dimension‭ ‬to Cabot‭’‬s discovery:‭ ‬In April‭ ‬1496,‭ ‬the Italian-born explorer received financial backing from an Italian bank — the Bardi banking house in London.

Rossella Lorenzi reports for Discovery News of the evidence found in the late historian, Alwyn Ruddock’s research notes and how further study of them may unveil new discoveries.


  1. Elizabeth Sylvester-Gray says:

    I hardly think this is “shocking news” as I can remember many years ago in school that there was a debate about Columbus vs Cabot and there was stronger evidence that it was Cabot who got to America first.

  2. Chris Rivait says:

    It was definitely a tongue in cheek title for the article. Discovery News reported on this finding as if it was groundbreaking news.

  3. Tammy Partridge says:

    Funny catch for an article on Columbus! I enjoyed your summary. I find the information interesting for a couple reasons. One, it brings John Cabot into the picture. I have not heard of him or this before-at least not on Columbus topics. Two, because of the private financier interest in discovering the new land makes me wonder why the secrecy. Someone had to have known and why not have originally said this instead of teaching us all these years Columbus found the new world? It make me curious to learn more. Well worth time to read your summary and article.

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