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Monday Mix-ins: Cabot and Balboa

{image via Mr. Nussbaum}

We continue learning about the fascinating world of early exploration, and this week we have a few resources to share on the explorers John Cabot and Vasco Núñez de Balboa. 

These are not required resources, but you can explore further on your own with these supplemental ideas, if you desire. As always, use parental discretion when necessary:


1972 Cartoon – Wonderful Stories of Professor Kitzel – John Cabot:


John Cabot – Mini Biography:


John Cabot’s Search for a Northwest Passage to Asia – a short segment from the Discovery Channel:


Vasco Núñez de Balboa – a short segment from History Central:



John Cabot Internet Treasure Hunt

Vasco Núñez de Balboa Internet Treasure Hunt

John Cabot cartoon powerpoint

John Cabot – Passageways: True Tales of Adventure for Young Explorers

The Matthew of Bristol – This website, all about John Cabot’s ship “The Matthew,” includes educational resources.

Map of explorers’ voyages

And here’s a bonus: For those of you reading I, Juan de Pareja right now, here’s a link to a gallery of Velazquez’s art.

Photo, above right – The Matthew, a replica of a ship of the same name captained by John Cabot, moored in Bristol, England
Attribution: “Matthew Dec09” by NotFromUtrecht – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons 
SLO Classical Academy is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned websites, businesses, organizations, or individuals.

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