John Cabot, who was born in Italy, would become the first European since the Vikings to reach the North American continent.
John Cabot and the Exploration of North America
John Cabot, aka Giovanni Caboto, while sailing for Great Britain, strikes out into the North Atlantic to become the first European to land in North America since the Vikings. On his next voyage, Cabot would lead of fleet of ships west – only to have them disappear forever.
Bristol University’s Cabot Project is the most comprehensive site for all things Cabot. There are links to various research papers, analysis and much more.
The John Day letter is a rare original source item. It contains the only mention of Cabot’s first voyage.
Wikipedia provides a great amount of information about Cabot.