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History - Chapter 2

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astrolabe
This instrument was improved upon, and allowed sailors to navigate by the position of the stars and constellations.
caravel
This improvement in navigation allowed sailors to move and steer quickly through dangerous waters, even against the wind.
cartography
An improvement in this area helped to create more accurate maps for sailors.
colonization
Creating settlements for a country in another part of the world.
exploration
to travel for the purpose of discovery
magnetic compass
This device showed sailors where north was, so they could sail in a consistent direction.
navigator
an expert sailor who guides a ship across the ocean
Northwest Passage
A water route around or through the Americas to Asia sought by European explorers
Renaissance
Rebirth of art, culture, and education.
sextant
This instrument improved on the astrolabe by more accurately locating their position of the stars.
Silk Road
Name given to the ancient trade routes between China and southern Europe, through southern Asia.
technology
Tools that make life easier.
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