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Henry Hudson

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on 25 September 2015

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You can't have all that new technology and not go anywhere! Here I will highlight some of the new places discovered by explorers, as well as the effects of those discoveries (Hint: A lot of it wasn't pretty)
Not all the inventions could be used at sea, but would prove immensely useful for the future. The printing press was first made in China, along with the paper that it used. Later on, the Europeans found the concept and advanced it (*dramatic gasp* So it wasn't their idea originally?). So now documents could be mass produced, pretty useful considering the alternative, that being a scribe writing everything out.
Who could forget the reliable compass, but this version was a little bit different from the one you might find on an app. The magnetic compass was a must on any explorers ship, giving vital readings as to where the ship was headed- on the ocean there aren't many landmarks. The idea originated with Arab sailors, but later spread to the Europeans (catching a pattern here).
Caravels are types of ships that were direct improvements to its predecessors. This ship featured triangular sails and a sloping bow, it first glided across the Atlantic in the 13th century. Its origins begin in Portugal, and it evolved into a highly maneuverable and fast vessel.
From The Old To New
The Astrolabe
The astrolabe was a navigational tool, used to chart the position of the sun and stars in the sky. More common uses were to find the time during day (only during the day) and to track sunset and sunrise. It was developed in the Islamic world, and later spread to the European sailors.
North America
One of the more known lands that explorers "discovered" would be North America, first visited by Leif Erikson and his crew. They first landed in what is now Canada, and traveled downward to present day New England. They didn't stay long, Native Americans didn't take too kindly to them and it was too far to be supported by Vikings. Before they hightailed it, they found meadows, forests, and rivers full of fish.
The Cape Of Good Hope
This is the Southern Tip of Africa, sailed to first by Bartolomeu Dias. He arrived there by accident, a storm blowing his ships off course. This point would assist another explorer in finding a sea route to Asia.
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