England also sent out explorers to find new land and wealth in the New World. In 1497, King Henry VI sent a captain by the name of John Cabot to attempt to find the New World that Columbus had recently discovered.
Cabot explored Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New England, and claimed these lands for Great Britain. It would be nearly 100 years, however, before England was able to establish permanent colonies.
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Crude oil was being drilled for in ancient China. In the 6th century it was recorded that hollow bamboo rods were driven into the ground in search of brine to provide salt for cattle. In the process, they also came across natural gas and flammable petroleum, which they used themselves or sold for fuel.