The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

The Race to the New World: Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and a Lost History of Discovery

Douglas Hunter


The ultimate decade of the 15th century used to be a turning element in global background. The Genoese mariner Christopher Columbus sailed westward at the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, famously decided to find for Spain a shorter and extra direct path to the riches of the Indies. in the meantime, a fellow Italian explorer for lease, John Cabot, trigger on his personal trip, lower than England's flag. right here, Douglas Hunter tells the attention-grabbing story of the way, in this excursion, Columbus received a rival. within the area of some serious years, those males engaged in a high-stakes race that threatened the precarious diplomatic stability of Europe-to make the most what they believed was once a shortcut to amazing wealth. as a substitute, they discovered a brand new international that neither used to be searching for. Hunter offers a revelatory examine how the lives of Columbus and Cabot have been interconnected, and the way neither explorer might be understood effectively with out realizing either. jointly, Cabot and Columbus offer a unique and significant point of view at the first years of ecu event of the recent World.

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