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Lodestone, 15th Century

Lodestone, 15th Century

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Caption

Stradanus. Lodestone is a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite that was used in the first compasses. Its importance to early navigation is evinced by its name, which means 'leading stone' in Middle English.

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