The Compass And Its Impact On The World

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Asia contribution, have change the way we live, without them our lives would be different. Silk, silk road, compass, paper, Chinese calligraphy, movable type, gunpowder, and printing. They have hugely impact the world as we known it. The contribution has spread worldwide and have been used by many and almost everyone, because of this contribution they have made life easier. However, the compass impacted how we navigate across the sea and a cross land as well. Compass is an instrument for determining directions, as by means of a freely rotating magnetized needle that indicates magnetic north. The compass become very important for navigation. Before compass navigation they navigated with the stars. However, this mean of navigate wouldn’t last long because the stars aren’t out during day and when there is storm the stars aren’t visible either. The weather is unpredictable and this could occur for many days and night. The compass help navigate through storm and when star wasn’t visible, making traveling across the sea easier. The compass was invented around the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC); it is unknown who invented the compass for sure. However, it was invented in china. The first person to use the compass was Zheng He, from the Yunnan province in China, he made seven voyages between the years 1405 and 1433.
The first compass was made with lodestone, it a naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite. Chinese fortune teller used lodestone to build their fortune
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