Tools developed in the Middle Ages continued to be used during the Renaissance. Although navigation was still not quite
accurate sailors were able to go farther than before. This was important because as the economy grew the Renaissnace continued
to improve, and there was an increasing demand for imported goods and new places to export goods.
Tools and ships and many more....
One of the tools created to help improve trade was the astrolable. The astrolable was a portabel device used by sailors
to help them find their way while at sea, it also helped determine latitude which is an important tool in navigation. Another
tool, the magnetic compass was improved during the Renaissnace. Maps also became more reliable as Portugese cartographers
incorporated information from previous sailors into their work. Large ships were also created. For many traders traveling
by sea was easier than traveling by land because the network of roads had many lurking thieves. The first Renaissnace
sailor took the seas to supply Europeans with the many Asian spices they demanded. perppercorn, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon
all came from lands in the east. also from the East cam eprecious gems and silk which women used to make clothing.