The Importance Of Exploration In Human Nature

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“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration it’s not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.” This quote by Michael Collins shows the role of exploration in human nature. The set pursuit of exploration has been among humans since the beginning of time, whether it was Adam exploring the truth of the Apple or people exploring new lands to conquer. The age of exploration, based on the same fundamentals, which began a little before the Renaissance and continued into the Renaissance brought up new ideas to the stage of discovery. These revolutionary ideas helped sailors reach unknown places and reach known places faster. The new technology developed during the time allowed cartographers and navigators to nourish their …show more content…
Caravels were generally around75 feet long. As mentioned before, the typical caravel had two or three pole masts, lateen-rigged (i.e., with triangular sails). Afterwards, new versions added a fourth mast with square sail for running before the wind. Caravels were usually built with a double tower at the stern (aftermost part of the boat) or and a single tower in the bow (the front of the boat). In overall, caravels were smaller and lighter than the Spanish galleons that were later developed 16th …show more content…
Caravel planking on the hull replaced thinner, less effective planking. The Caravel was stronger, faster and more robust, while having a shallow draft and current of movement which allowed it to sail upriver against coastal tides. In addition to the masts, these characteristics greatly improve their skilled movement and change of course. Caravels were preferred by navigators for their capability to deal with winds from the 'wrong' direction. The caravel started out being very useful for riverside and coastal commerce, possibly again due to its shallow draft. This could be considered as one of the factors believed to have inspired their adaptations for using the caravel in exploration voyages. Another factor that pushed caravels to the front of discovery and exploration was their flexibility to become a wind manipulating seafaring vessel. The caravels’ resourceful combination of a smooth ship body, lateen sails, and axial, relating to a y or a x axis, rudder or steer that had been modified through marine trial and error, produced the most efficient sailing machine of the century. The caravels advantages made it suitable for sailing against the tough winds and currents of the sea. It was also apt for using the breezes to its advantage as the forceful ship moves along shallow

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