Lead: In the spring of 1497, John Cabot, an Italian explorer in the service of King Henry VII of England, sailed west from Bristol, England to find a shorter route to the riches of China.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Cabot had tried to secure backing from the Spanish but Christopher Columbus was the dominant figure in exploration in the wake of his successful voyages to the Caribbean and the largely unknown Cabot had to turn to the English for financial support.