CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS. thirty years after Columbus
first landed on one of the out-
lying islands of the New World, what lay to the north was largely mere conjecture.
John Cabot.—At first, it is true, some attention was turned to the north. Henry VII. of England was unwilling that Spain should reap all the glory and profit of western discovery ; and so, in 1497, he commissioned a Venetian navigator, John Cabot, then a trading citizen of Bristol, to sail north-westerly, in the hope that in that direction perchance a way to Asia might be found. But,