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John and Sebastian Cabot
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.65

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     challenging words:    navigator-explorers, monopoly, assured, fateful, seamanship, bounty, refused, port, leading, advantage, coastal, trader, establish, route, attempt, opening
     content words:    Christopher Columbus, Giovanni Caboto, John Cabot, Mediterranean Sea, Middle East, King Henry VII, North America, Nova Scotia, Northwest Passage, Hudson Bay


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John and Sebastian Cabot
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     It was the beginning of the race to reach Asia. Who was better suited to lead this race than the Italian traders and merchants who already held the monopoly? They had proven themselves in their seamanship. You already know the name of Christopher Columbus. One of the other great navigator-explorers of the time was Giovanni Caboto-- or John Cabot as he became known in England.
 
2     No one knows for sure when Cabot was born in Italy, but most historians guess the year to be about 1450. As a young man, he lived in Venice and learned to be a trader. Traveling around the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, he bought and sold silks, spices, and precious stones.
 
3     He hungered to find a more direct route to Asia, but no one in Italy wanted to pay for exploration. The leading countries willing to fund exploration were Spain and Portugal. In about 1490, Cabot moved his family and business to Spain. If he wanted to be hired, he had to move where the jobs were.

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