- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First American Edition edition (1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771031211
- ISBN-13: 978-0771031212
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,106,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Voyage of the Matthew: John Cabot and the Discovery of North America Hardcover – 1997
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Firstbrook cites Cabot as the first European to set foot on N. America although speculating on possible landings during explorations of Greenland by the Irish St Brendon and the Viking, Erik the Red. There is small mention of Sir Humphry Gilbert landing on Newfoundland in 1483. The book includes navigation limitations imposed by climate change in the intervening centuries. Firstbrook cites interesting sources such as 16th century writer Richard Hakluyt and spy John Day who found a map attributed to Cabot's exploration.
Cabot's son Sebastian engaged in self promotion, ignoring contribution of his father who has subsequently taken a backseat in history to the Spanish explorers. French historians give more credit to Jacques Cartier who discovered the St. Lawrence waterway in 1534.
In 1996 a version of Cabot's flagship, the Matthew, built for a voyage featured on BBC, was patterned after the Mary Rose raised a few years previously. There is an appendix containing a chronology. Another, for the serious student, contains contemporary letters from historical archives in England, Italy and Spain. This well researched book is very enjoyable to read.