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History in the News

ROYAL REWARD FOR TUDOR VOYAGE

Tax records reveal that an English explorer’s voyage to the New World delighted King Henry VII

Cabot crossed the ocean in the Matthew; Weston’s ship is unknown
THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM X1, TOPFOTO X1, REX/SHUTTERSTOCK X1, PAUL MARC MITCHELL X1, GETTY X1

In William to 1499, have set English Weston off on merchant is a believed voyage to the New World. Next to nothing is known about the trip, but now evidence has emerged – in the form of a tax record – suggesting that it was wildly successful.

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