John Cabot was defintely not English. He was a Florentine explorer, just as Amerigo Vespucci.
Cabot's name was anglicized from Giovanni Cabotto. One of my mother's friends Francesca Cabot Lodge was married to Ambassador John Cabot Lodge, brother of Henry Cabot Lodge of the Boston Cabot Lodges. Tis said tht they only spoke to God. Well...they erroneously believed their ancestor the great explorer John Cabot was English and looked upon Italians with disdain. When they discovered that he was indeed not only Italian, but a brilliant Florentine illuminatus. They realized it was just as acceptable to be Italian, perhaps more so (since the Florentines launched the Renaissance) to speak openly about their Italian/Florentine roots.
It's true that there are many Anglo- Saxon last names in the United States. I doubt they are descended from truly English ancestors.
Our dearest Charles Fernley Fawcett was without a doubt of English and French ancestry. They did not come on the Mayflower. They came with the English nobility sent by Elizabeth Rex I. My husband's grandmother was a Page, as in Thomas Jefferson Page. Their ancestor Thomas Page was a first cousin to Jefferson.
The Castilians and the Italians who know about bloodlines define first cousins as brother/ cousins or primo fratello or primo hermano.Many Arabs call their cousins brothers. The ancient Judaics in Judea and Galilee also did not distinguish between full-blooded brothers, step-brothers and cousins.
Many families from Eastern Europe and Jewish families anglisized their names when they did not totally use veddy, veddy English names. The Irish officials at Ellis Island coud not pronounce their sometimes unpronouncable names so they gave them willy nilly the first last names which came to their parochial minds.
A great deal of prejudice existed in America against foreigners. Say what you will, Italians bore the brunt of this hatred. There are documented cases of Italians of Sicilian descent being lynched in the South for daring to court a "white woman."
I know an Apache shaman, a most extraordinary woman from the Chirakahua tribe whose aunt was forcibly sterilized as a child in the Arizona reservation. The practice was stopped by Catholic nuns of the Order of Saint Joseph of Corondolet.
Tying the Fallopian tubes is just one way of sterilizing women. There are worse things perpetrated on women and men to destroy their fertility. I consider that a form of genocide.
Women who do it deliberately of their own free will are murderers. They are condemning their genes to perpetual death. Sad.
I have a bright and accomplished friend who had three abortions performed on her body because she did not like children and was not willing to be incomodated by them. She is now in her seventies and is very ALONE, except for her three cats. Symbolic? Perhaps.