John Cabot
Giovanni Caboto

June 1497

The first official English voyage of exploration in the Western Ocean



Photographs of
Monument

Aspy Bay
Victoria County
Nova Scotia

GPS location:   46°56'32"N   60°27'46"W
Google map showing this location




Map: Cabot Landing Park, Victoria County, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cabot Landing Park    Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia


Also see:   Transtlantic Telegraph historic site 1856 Aspy Bay




Cabot Landing Park sign
This sign marks the entrance.
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Cabot Landing Park
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Cabot Landing Park at dawn
Photographed at dawn on 3 September 2003


John Cabot monument
Photographed in 1999 by Mr. W.J. Phillips


Plaque: John Cabot 1497
Photographed on 24 June 2003




Plaques: English, French, Italian
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Plaque: John Cabot 1497
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Plaque: John Cabot 1497
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Sunrise at Aspy Bay
Sunrise at Aspy Bay
Photographed at 6:24am on 3 September 2003




Auxiliary monument
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Auxiliary monument
"...this port..." refers to Bristol, England
Photographed at dawn on 3 September 2003


John Cabot plaque by the Public Monument and Sculpture Association
    http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/12500/



Auxiliary monument
Photographed on 24 June 2003


Narrative Report: RCAF Station Sydney, NS – 24 June 1958
The Commanding Officer of RCAF Station Sydney, F/L GW Young, COpsO and F/O KM Morgan, CAdO, accompanied G/C NW Timmerman, CO of Station Chatham, who was representing the AOC, together with a party of 29 airmen, today attended the unveiling of the John Cabot Memorial at Cape North.  The Memorial, which had been erected by the Cape Breton Historical Society, was unveiled by the Honourable Stephen Pyke, Provincial Minister of Labour and the occasion was marked by full participation by all branches of the Armed Forces.  A fly-past by three Neptune aircraft was arranged by MACHQ and three Navy ships were standing off shore throughout the ceremonies.
Source: http://www.pinetreeline.org/other/other42/other42q.html




Links to Relevant Websites

The Cabot Dilemma: John Cabot's 1497 Voyage & the Limits of Historiography
    http://www.essaysinhistory.com/articles/2012/87

Historians have advanced a number of theories concerning his landfall:
some say that Cabot landed some say that Cabot landed in Labrador;
others say it was in Nova Scotia or Cape Breton Island; still others
support a landing in Newfoundland; and a minority argue for a landing
all the way in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, or as far south as Maine.
Each of these theories is based on some evidence and it is impossible
to refute any of them completely.  The weight of the evidence seems
to support the Nova Scotian landfall, an hypothesis which had been
generally accepted since William F. Ganong argued persuasively for it in
1929.  However, the discovery of a new document in the 1950s reopened
the debate, which has continued with unabated fervor since that time...

John Cabot article in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
    http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/John_Cabot


John Cabot, the Discoverer of North America... an 1896 book now online
    http://www.canadiana.org/cgi-bin/ECO/mtq?doc=05393


Cape Breton Landfall Argument
    http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/bretonfall.html


Patent Granted by King Henry VII to John Cabot and his Sons, March 1496
    http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/1496patent.html


John and Sebastian Cabot by the National Maritime Museum
    http://www.rmg.co.uk/explore/sea-and-ships/facts/
        explorers-and-leaders/john-and-sebastian-cabot


The John Day letter January 1498
    http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/johnday.html


Matthew of Bristol
    http://www.matthew.co.uk/index.php


John Cabot
    http://www.win.tue.nl/~engels/discovery/cabot.html


The Matthew Legacy
    http://matthewlegacy.com/


Nova Scotia Trail commemorative plaque, Bristol, England
by the Public Monument and Sculpture Association
    http://www.pmsa.org.uk/pmsa-database/12500/
THIS TRAIL,
OFFICIALLY OPENED OCTOBER
15, 1932, BY THE PREMIER
OF NOVA SCOTIA,
IS NAMED IN HONOUR OF
JOHN CABOT
WHO LANDED AT
CAPE NORTH,
JUN 24, 1497
(signature)
PREMIER
(signature)
MINISTER
OF HIGHWAYS
In 1932, the Premier was Gordon S. Harrington,
and the Minister of Highways was Percy C. Black.


King Henry VII
authorizes John Cabot's explorations

5 March 1496 (old style)
16 March 1497 (in our modern calendar)


 Patent Granted by King Henry VII to John Cabot and his Sons, March 1496   The King, to all to whom, etc. Greeting: Be it known and made manifest that we have given and granted as by these presents we give and grant, for us and our heirs, to our well beloved John Cabot, citizen of Venice, and to Lewis, Sebastian and Sancio, sons of the said John, and to the heirs and deputies of them, and of any one of them, full and free authority, faculty and power to sail to all parts, regions and coasts of the eastern, western and northern sea, under our banners, flags and ensigns, with five ships or vessels of whatsoever burden and quality they may be... Witness ourself at Westminster on the fifth day of March [5 March 1496 (old style) — 16 March 1497 in our modern calendar]. By the King himself, etc.
        http://www.heritage.nf.ca/exploration/1496patent.html


Above: Modern English translation

Below: Contemporary English translation

 Letters Patents of King Henry the Seventh Granted unto Iohn Cabot and his Three Sonnes, Lewis, Sebastian and Sancius for the the Discouerie of New and Unknowen Lands   ...Henry, by the grace of God, king of England and France, and lord of Ireland, to all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting. Be it knowen that we haue giuen and granted, and by these presents do giue and grant for vs and our heiress to our welbeloued Iohn Cabot citizen of Venice, to Lewis, Sebastian, and Santius, sonnes of the sayd Iohn, and to the heires of them, and euery of them, and their deputies, full and free authority, leaue, and power to saile to all parts, countreys, and seas of the East, of the West, and of the North, vnder our banners and ensignes, with fine ships of what burthen or quantity soeuer they be, and as many mariners or men as they will haue with them in the sayd ships, vpon their owne proper costs and charges, to seeke out, discouer, and finde whatsoever isles, countreys, regions or prouinces of the heathen and infidels whatsoeuer they be, and in what part of the world soeuer they be, which before this time haue bene vnknowen to all Christians: we haue granted to them, and also to euery of them, the heires of them, and euery of them, and their deputies, and haue giuen them licence to set vp our banners and ensignes in euery village, towns, castle, isle, or maine land of them newly found. And that the aforesayd Iohn and his sonnes, or their heires and assignee may subdue, occupy and possesse all such townes, cities, castles and isles of them found, which they can subdue, occupy and possesse, as our vassals, and lieutenants, getting vnto vs the rule, title, and jurisdiction of the same villages, townes, castles, & firme land so found. Yet so that the aforesayd Iohn, and his sonnes and heires, and their deputies, be holden and bounder of all the fruits, profits, gaines, and commodities growing of such navigation, for euery their voyage, as often as they shall arrine at our port of Bristoll (at the which port they shall be bound and holden onely to arrine) all maner of necessary costs and charges by them made, being deducted, to pay vnto vs in wares or money the lift part of the capitall gaine so gotten. We gluing and granting vnto them and to their heires and deputies, that they shall be free from all paying of customer of all and singular such merchandise as they shall be free from all paying of customes of all and singular they shall bring with them from those places so newlie found... Witnesse our selfe at Westminister, the fift day of March, In the eleventh yeere of our reigne [5 March 1496 (old style) — 16 March 1497 in our modern calendar]...
        http://avalon.law.yale.edu/15th_century/cabot01.asp







Photographs of War Memorials, Historic Monuments and Plaques in Nova Scotia
    http://ns1763.ca/remem/plaques.html



Transtlantic Telegraph historic site 1856 Transtlantic Telegraph historic site 1856 Aspy Bay
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/cabotcablem.html


St. Margarets Village war memorial St. Margarets Village war memorial St. Margarets Village
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/stmargvillm.html


South Harbour war memorial South Harbour war memorial South Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/southhbrm.html


Neils Harbour war memorial Neils Harbour war memorial Neils Harbour
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/neilshbrm.html


Ingonish war memorial Ingonish war memorial Ingonish
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/noringonishm.html


Indian Brook war memorial Indian Brook war memorial Indian Brook
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/indianbrook.html


North River war memorial North River war memorial North River
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/northriver.html


Port Dauphin Naval Base monument, 1713-1719 Port Dauphin Naval Base monument, 1713-1719 Englishtown
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/portdauphin.html


Englishtown war memorial Englishtown war memorial Englishtown
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/englishtownm.html


Middle River war memorial Middle River war memorial Middle River
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/middlerivr.html


Belle Cote war memorial Belle Cote war memorial Belle Cote
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/bellecote.html


Cheticamp war memorial Cheticamp war memorial Cheticamp
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/chetcmpwar.html


French Mountain war memorial French Mountain war memorial French Mountain
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/frenchmtn.html


Inverness coal miners memorial Inverness coal miners monument Inverness
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/invminemem.html


Whycocomagh war memorial Whycocomagh war memorial Whycocomagh
    http://ns1763.ca/inverco/whycocom.html


Bell National Historic Park A.G. Bell National Historic Park Baddeck
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/bellhistpark.html


Bell, Baldwin, McCurdy Three plaques: Bell, Baldwin, McCurdy Baddeck
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/bellmusbbm.html


Baddeck: First Aeroplane Flight monument First Aeroplane Flight monument Baddeck
    http://ns1763.ca/victco/baddckcrth.html


Captain James Cook monument Captain James Cook monument Halifax
    http://ns1763.ca/hfxrm/cookjmon.html


Rawding Captains monument Rawding Captains Monument Clementsport
    http://ns1763.ca/annapco/rawdingm.html


Donald McKay memorial Donald McKay memorial Jordan Falls
    http://ns1763.ca/shelbco/dmckay.html


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       2012 Oct   175
       2012 Sep   116
       2012 Aug    43
       2012 Jul    59
       2012 Jun    85
       2012 May   130
       2012 Apr    92
       2012 Mar   107
       2012 Feb   116
       2012 Jan   144

       2011 Dec   141
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       2010 Dec   217
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In the above monthly hits report, note the large traffic component attributable to students.
In July and August of each year, when the schools are closed, traffic is sharply reduced.


First uploaded to Internet:   2002 November 13
New photographs installed:   2003 September 08
Added Google Map link:   2007 December 09
Latest update:   2012 December 14