See C. R. Beazley, John and Sebastian Cabot: The Discovery of North America (1964); R. C. Howard, Bristol and the Cabots (1967); D. Goodnough, John Cabot and Son (1979).
(born circa 1450, Genoa?—died circa 1499) Italian navigator and explorer. In the 1470s he became a skilled navigator in travels to the eastern Mediterranean for a Venetian mercantile firm. In the 1490s he moved to Bristol, Eng., and, with support from city merchants, he led an expedition in 1497 to find trade routes to Asia. After landing somewhere in North America, possibly southern Labrador or Cape Breton Island, he took possession of the land for Henry VII and conducted explorations along the coastline. On a second expedition in 1498, he may have reached America but probably was lost at sea. His two voyages for England helped lay the groundwork for the later British claim to Canada. Sebastian Cabot was his son.
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John Cabot Academy formerly John Cabot CTC, is one of 15 City Technology Colleges that first opened for students in the 1993/1994 academic year. It converted to City Academy status on 1 September 2007.
The Academy has approximately 1100 students, about 220 of whom are in the sixth form. It has built a new £1.4 million Study Centre constructed with environmentally friendly materials and methods, for the sixth form pupils. It was opened in December]] 2004 by Mr Colin Green, President of Defence Aerospace at Rolls Royce.
The Principal is Adam Williams. The Academy is part of an Academy Federation led by David Carter and Nick Jones.
In year 7, the Academy operates the Cabot Competency Curriculum, which was developed at the academy. It focuses on 'learning to learn'.
The Academy day starts at 8.30am, and ends at 3.30 pm.
The school has also had visits from olympic heroes runner Dame Kelly Holmes and diver Tom Daley