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