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New Evidence Discovered Regarding First English Voyage To America

Posted by Jean-Yves on Oct 4, 2018

Historians from the University of Bristol have uncovered compelling new evidence concerning the first English-led expedition to North America in 1499 hidden deep within huge parchment rolls and only legible by using ultra-violet light.

Nine years ago, Dr Evan Jones from the University’s Department of History, published a long-lost letter from King Henry VII which revealed that William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was preparing an expedition to the “new found land” with the King’s support.

Now Dr Jones and Margaret Condon, from the University of Bristol-led Cabot Project, have discovered that Weston received a £30 reward from the King in 1500 as a contribution to the merchant’s expenses for his exploration of ‘nova terra’ (the ‘new land’).

The reward was equivalent to about six years’ pay for an ordinary labourer, suggesting that the King was pleased with the outcome.

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