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Lauren Weatherall History 100 Essay 1 March 26, 2008 Longitude The invention of measuring longitude was one of the most significant developments in the history of the world. This tool made it possible for explores to reach their destination on time and decreased the amounts of deaths due to injuries and illness on the ships. Prior to the invention many captains used the chronological method and the lunar method as a way to guide them to their destinations. These methods were not very accurate at measuring longitude and caused many captains to direct their ships off track. John Harrison, a clocksmen, set out and discovered how to make a clock that would keep precise time at sea. Harrison’s invention increased trade between countries and made trips much shorter and safer. In the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries prior to Harrison’s invention captains would rely on “dead reckoning” a method used to estimate their distance east or west from where they started. “The captain would throw a log overboard and observe how quickly the
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