Latitude: The Art and Science of Fifteenth Century Navigation

Travel throughout the world, known and unknown, was made much easier and safer once the concept of latitude was understood. Sailing around Africa was now a possibility. The South Atlantic was particularly treacherous especially if you didn’t know exactly where you were. Learn about all things oceanic on this interesting site. Find out about the different kinds of ships, and what role earth’s magnetism played in navigation. How did ships navigate using the stars? Learn about ocean currents and ocean weather before you set off in your own caravel to see the world.

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