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Illustration on the voyages of discovery

Illustration on the voyages of discovery

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Details from a 16th century allegorical engraving about the voyages of discovery. The captain at sea, has a quadrant in his hand, but isn't using it. At right, he is making observations with an armillary sphere. At the time, only repeated measurements made on land were reliable.

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