Oct 14, 2013 09:00 AM ET // by Rossella Lorenzi

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THE GIST

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“The Departure of John and Sebastian Cabot from Bristol on their First Voyage of Discovery in 1497,” as painted in 1906 by Ernest Board.Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery

– A five-century-old document has revealed that Italian bankers were behind John Cabot’s expeditions to North America.

– The explorer may have‭ ‬had‭ ‬knowledge of European expeditions to the‭ ‬New World‭ that predated Columbus’s voyage.

– The document was found after historians started an investigation worthy of a Dan Brown novel.

An investigation worthy of a Dan Brown novel has shed new light on the voyages of John Cabot,‭ ‬the Italian navigator and explorer, revealing that he may have‭ ‬had‭ ‬knowledge of European expeditions to the‭ “‬New World‭”‬ that predated Christopher Columbus’s 1492 voyage.

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