Explorer john cabot made a british claim to land in canada mistaking it for asia during his 1497 voyage on the ship matthew john cabot c 1450 disappeared may 1498 born giovanni caboto was a venetian explorer and navigator known for his 1497 voyage to north america where he claimed land in . John cabot john cabot navigator and explorer who by his voyages in 1497 and 1498 helped lay the groundwork for the later british claim to canada. Though the exact details of his life and expeditions are the subject of debate john cabot or giovanni caboto as he was known in italian may have developed the idea of sailing westward to reach the riches of asia while working for a venetian merchant. Finally cabot was able to test his new route king henry vii of england promised john a fleet of ships and a crew on may 2 1947 john set sail aboard a magnificent cruise ship named the matthew with a crew of servants the finest weaponry available and an abundance of dvds to keep the crew entertained
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