King's letter reveals epic voyage (England)

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A long-lost letter revealing details of the first Englishman to lead an expedition to North America is to be published in a historical journal.

Written by King Henry VII, it suggests that Bristol merchant William Weston sailed to the New World in 1499.

Bristol University's Dr Evan Jones said it was "an exciting find" that gave a glimpse of a previously unknown, but epic achievement.

The document gives little detail, but makes a tantalising reference to Weston's voyage.

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