History of Technology 2: Sailing Technology

The kamal, the cross-staff, and the astrolabe are just a few of the technologies that put sailing on the map.

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had led to new navigational technologies Let's check out a

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few of the innovations that kept our ancestors from getting

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totally lost at sea or from the worst fate of

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all according to dad's everywhere having to stop and ask

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for directions well one of the most popular medieval navigational

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tools was called come out no it wasn't a camel

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with a perfectly good sense of direction They were basically

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simple wooden blocks with complex markings on them Those living

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near the equator could use the markings and the stars

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to determine their latitude Almost people gave them and enthusiastic

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two thumbs up for not steering them into madagascar On

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accident the leamer is freak out interrupt their beauty sleep

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come owls were developed by arabs european traders almost exclusively

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stuck to coastlines Arab sailors however sailed deep into the

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indian ocean and down the dangerous coast of east africa

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Well the kamal was an essential part of getting their

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trading and conquering done without getting lost or you know

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ending up on the bottom of the ocean because spoiler

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alert fish aren't super into treating with humans Why would

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they be They got no troubles Life is the bubbles

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under the sea Right Well basket obama The portuguese explorer

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was introduced to the come on while visiting india in

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fourteen Ninety eight Well not long after europeans it after

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the idea into an instrument called the crossed staff Ten

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bucks says that they said it was their idea to

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begin with One popular instrument for europe was the astro

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lab Well for non equatorial places like medieval europe astro

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lab was where it was at astro labs were circular

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brass object designed to measure the angle between the horizon

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and the son or any nice bright star They did

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have problems though they weren't always accurate Like when our

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gps tells us turn left right off of a bridge

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And astra lobs were especially inaccurate on the rough seas

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So great One thing worse than being on the high

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seas in the storm is being completely lost while on

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the high seas in the storm but hey you get

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what you pay for Those things are probably way cheaper

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than our gps We'll compasses back then were also a

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thing The chinese had reliable magnetized compass is by one

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thousand see eat but they rarely use them on ships

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For some reason Go figure the venetians got more serious

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about them in the thirteenth century with compasses only tell

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us where north is That means we still have to

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use other technology to figure out you know where the

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heck we are And for those of us who weren't

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in the scouts we'd also have to figure out how

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to use a compass Because believe it or not they

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