Why did John Cabot change his name?


Why did John Cabot change his name?

John Cabot:

John Cabot was one of many explorers during the European Age of Discovery to venture into the world to find new lands and new sources of wealth. Cabot followed in the footsteps of previous explorers, like Marco Polo, who he read a lot about. He also followed in the footsteps of Portuguese mariners who had been exploring the coast of Africa for decades. Finally, Cabot aspired to have success similar to that achieved by Christopher Columbus following his first expedition to the Americas in 1492.

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John Cabot did not formally change his name. Cabot was born Giovanni Caboto in either Naples or Genoa around 1450. As was common at the time, Cabot...

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