1. Bearing compass

    Found on L’Astolabe wreck, from the last La Pérouse’s expedition.

    -Musée d’histoire maritime, Nouméa, New Caledonia.

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    The era of European and American voyages of scientific exploration followed the Age of Discovery[1] and were inspired by a new confidence in science and reason that arose in the Age of Enlightenment. Maritime expeditions in the Age of Discovery were a means of expanding colonial empires, establishing new trade routes and extending diplomatic and trade relations to new territories, but with the Enlightenment scientific curiosity became a new motive for exploration to add to the commercial and political ambitions of the past.

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