John Cabot was the first navigator to make a successful voyage to North America for England, but he encountered hardships such as violent weather, lack of provisions and icebergs along the way. Cabot and his crew set sail for North America in 1497. Upon making landfall, they earned England claim to the mainland portion of North America, and they established the first English colonies along the eastern coast.
As with other travelers of the day, John Cabot and his crew encountered several obstacles en route to the New World. They faced giant icebergs while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and they endured harsh and volatile weather conditions. Cabot and his men had rudimentary navigational devices, resulting in them losing their way several times along the journey.