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The Rincón Astrolabe Shipwreck


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On 30 December 1986, a fisherman incidentally discovered the remains of a seventeenth-century merchantman off the coast of Rincón, a small municipality on Puerto Rico''s west coast. Among the objects recovered from the site was a nautical astrolabe. This book presents a study on the sea or mariner''s astrolabe, a navigation instrument that played a fundamental role in the process of European maritime expansion. During the fifteenth century, Portuguese navigators saw the need to gradually depart from the traditional Mediterranean navigation technique known as "dead reckoning." As their explorations along the West African coast forced them to sail far into the Atlantic Ocean, a new method was developed that consisted of measuring the angle of certain heavenly bodies above the horizon in order to determine the latitude of the observer. For this purpose, instruments that traditionally belonged to the field of astronomy were adapted by seamen. Among them was the astrolabe, which became the most popular by the turn of the sixteenth century.

Product Specifications
SKU :COC29553
AuthorGustavo Garcia
Number of Pages104
Publishing Year9/24/2010
Edition1 st
Book TypeSociety & social sciences
Country of ManufactureIndia
Product BrandLAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Product Packaging InfoBox
In The Box1 Piece
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