The aim of the trip was to see and experience what it was like to sail a ship in Tudor times.
- In 1497 John Cabot sailed west from Bristol, on his ship, the Matthew, hoping to find a shorter route to Asia. After a month, he discovered an unknown land – he called it ‘new found land’, today still known as Newfoundland in Canada. Why Asia?
- Many explorers were desperate to reach Asia because they knew great wealth was to be made there. Not only would they become rich themselves and be rewarded for their great achievements but their countries would benefit too.
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