The search for the oldest Christian site in the New World
Published on September 8th, 2009 | by Admin1
In the outline for a book she never completed, Prof. Ruddock claimed to have found documents detailing the establishment of a church at Carbonear — the name of which she believed has evolved from an Italian friar, Giovanni Antonio de Carbonariis, known to have accompanied Cabot on his 1498 voyage to Newfoundland.
Historians generally believe Cabot perished during the voyage, and little was accomplished by any of the ships involved in the expedition. But Prof. Ruddock’s sketchy references to a New World church built as early as 1498 has electrified Prof. Jones and other researchers.