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Where the art of navigation was born and how the word Navigation derived ?

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Asked by joyesh chakraborty, 12 Apr '08 02:11 pm
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The history of Indian shipping and maritime
activities goes back probably to the early times of
the Rgveda (I, 48, 3 and I, 116, 5). The Jatakas, the
Greek and Roman authors, the early Tamil poems as
well as a host of archaeological discoveries in India
and abroad--all go to prove that long before the
birth of Christ the Hindus had acquired a fair
knowledge of the art of navigation and that they
plied their boats not only on the inland rivers but
also on the high seas. There were ports and harbours ...more
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 13 Apr '08 10:27 pm

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The word navigate is derived from the Latin "navigate", which is the command "sail".

All navigational techniques involve locating the navigator's position compared to known locations or patterns.The commercial activities of Portugal in the early 15th century marked an epoch of distinct progress in practical navigation. These trade expeditions sent out by Henry the Navigator led first to the discovery of the Porto Santo (near Madeira) in 1418, rediscovery of the Azores in 1427, the discovery of the Cape Verde Islands in 1447 and Sierra Leone in 1462. Henry worked to systemize the practice of navigation. In order to develop more accurate tables on the sun's declination, he established an observatory at Sagres. Combined with the empirical observations gathered in oceanic seafaring, mapping winds and currents, Portuguese explorers took the lead in the long distance oceanic navigation
Answered by anil garg, 26 Apr '10 01:19 am

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