The Caravel and the Impact of New Technologies on Transportation Systems

A Caravel

Transportation systems have evolved since ancient time. This continual transformation of the ways in which humans travel and transport goods is often closely tied to technological advances in the field of transportation. In many ways, the culture of a civilization is heavily influenced by the transportation technologies available to it. However, the relationship goes the other way as well. The transportation technologies present in a society are also often determined by the culture of that society.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, an iconic ship known as the Caravel largely dominated the sea-faring industries of Southwestern Europe. Although the exact origin of this ship is still debated, it had been used as an offshore fishing vessel by the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula since at least the 1200’s. The ship featured a strong Moorish influence, and its design, at least in part, may have been passed from the Islamic body of knowledge to the Western Christian societies of Spain and Portugal. This is quite possible because, as one author points out (see links below), Medieval Islamic society contributed many advances to the fields of geography, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine. These important theoretical discoveries would later contribute to the success of European seafaring by forming the foundation of cutting-edge navigational techniques and other technologies.

The Caravel was a relatively small ship, especially by modern standards. The bottom of the ship protruded below the surface of the water by only a small distance, making it an extremely maneuverable watercraft. For much of its life, the Caravel featured triangular “lateen” sails that, combined with its eminent maneuverability, allowed it to sail into the wind using a zigzagging technique known as “beating to windward.” The Spanish and Portuguese soon recognized the potential of this ship, and transformed it from a simple offshore fishing vessel to the backbone of the European Age of Exploration. With the addition of square sails (to provide increased power when sailing with the wind) and other minor changes, the Caravel soon became the ship of choice for many explorers. It has been suggested that two of Columbus’s ships, the Niña and the Pinta, were Caravels optimized for transatlantic exploration.

Clearly, the Caravel revolutionized European transportation. This technology made it possible for European explorers, fishermen, and merchants to “expand their horizons,” by providing the ability to travel further, faster. One could argue that it played a major role in the rapid colonization of the New World.

However, the inverse is also true. To a large extent, the success of the Caravel was due to navigational techniques brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors, combined with the European desire for political, economic, religious, and scientific expansion.

This dichotomy holds true for many transportation-related technologies. Railroads are built to service existing towns, but the route itself often determines the development of future towns. Military conflict has served as a catalyst for the development of many advances in aviation technology that have later spilled over into the public sector. It is clear that a society’s culture and its transportation technologies are very much linked. Engineers must keep this in mind when developing new technologies for transportation systems. When designing part of a transportation system, it is important both to take inspiration from society and to recognize the changes that that technology will have upon society.





19,175 thoughts on “The Caravel and the Impact of New Technologies on Transportation Systems

  1. دستگاه فیلتر پرس با به کمک صفحات و جک هیدرولیکی خود قابلیت جداسازی مایعات و جامدات دوغاب های صنعتی را دارد. این دستگاه جامدات جداسازی شده را به صورت کیک اسفنجی به بیرون از دستگاه منتقل می کند. برای اطلاعات تکمیلی و توضیحات به وبسایت فیلتر پرس پلی آب صفا مراجعه کنید

  2. Then Chompoo, before afternoon, posted a picture during the time he asked to take a photo with the stars. He also said that he never thought that when she grew up, she would shine in the industry as well. “This is the condition before entering the industry!! When I was crazy about taking photos with celebrities, who would think that I would grow up to be able to enter the industry hahahaha! The more you store, the more haunted… Curry itself is good. Please โอเล่ กุนนาร์ โซลชา
    comment how do you all feel?

  3. “Thank you for all your support. Mortal Kombat
    Sent in every way, text messages, lines, comments and calls, some read, some don’t read. I’m sorry Busy today from 10 a.m. until now. Dr. MRI and cerebrospinal fluid. to see what kind of pathogen (will be able to treat and give the right medicine)”

  4. “The doctor assumed that the father had meningitis and had to wait for the results of the test, but now the risk is cleared. Thank you very much to the doctors and personnel at Sawaeng Minari (2020)
    Hospital, Dr. Jerd Singburi Hospital and Phayathai 1 Hospital. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. please”

  5. برای عضویت در (لینکدونی یاسی، بهترین لینکدونی تلگرام)، تنها کافی است وارد آیدی @linkdooni_yasi، شوید و به دریایی از بهترین لینک‌های گپ مختلف، در تلگرام، دسترسی داشته باشید.

  6. کولر آبی پرتابل هیتما مجهز به سیستم سرمایشی و گرمایشی است و همچنین شما می‌توانید با تنظیم مدت زمان مورد نیاز جهت استفاده از این دستگاه ، زمان دلخواه جهت خاموش شدن دستگاه را انتخاب کنید. توان باددهی کولر پرتابل هیتما 600 متر مکعب در ساعت می باشد. پمپ، آب موجود در منبع را به فیلتر سلولزی کولر می‌رساند.

  7. پارکینگ ها محل جمع شدن گاز های سمی و آلودگی هاست. از این رو وجود سیستم تهویه پارکینگ از اهمیت بسیار زیادی برخوردار است. در سیستم های تهویه پارکینگ معمولا از جت فن ها استفاده می شود. برای آشنایی بیشتر با انواع شیوه های تهویه پارکینگ به وبسایت رهسام مراجعه نمائید.

  8. During this covid situation Many people who have to help each other stay at home. And there are only people who ฝรั่งเศส
    miss travelling that they have to stop now. Including the young heroine Matt Phiranee, who thinks of traveling, says she wants to go to the beach. According to the caption “I want to travel, I want to go to the beach, I want to go out and do activities.”

  9. Come together very often for the lucky number luk thung singer Monsit Khamsoi, who previously just gave the lucky number from the incense that she had collected for a year, causing the fans to be bustling with each other to see what number it was and the latest (26 July) Monsit also posted a picture of the lottery show for the period of August 1, which was bought with a full hand, which were all double numbers. Along with the ลิเวอร์พูล
    image of the mantra that looks changed because of his long hair during home detention. which the mantra has written in the caption that

  10. Thank you so much for your useful information. It is very wonderful blog.I have seen your post that’s very interesting and very pretty. I’ve learned so many things in here, keep it up

  11. تعمیر یخچال سامسونگ یک خدمت دیگر از مرکز سامسونگ سرویس می باشد. سامسونگ سرویس مرکز تخصصی تعمیرات لوازم خانگی سامسونگ می باشد

  12. QuickBooks Online is actually cloud-based money administration programming. It aims at freeing up the time that individuals spend in dealing with their business funds and helps clients a lot in various ventures. In addition to dealing with business bookkeeping, there are several different methods where QuickBooks Online is particularly extremely useful.

  13. Webroot antivirus is a cloud-based software used for protecting devices such as computer systems, laptops, mobile phones (Android and iPhone), Mac, etc. It gives security against harmful viruses or malware which can invade your system and will start damaging your important data or slow down the performance of your computer system and other devices. Therefore, to safeguard all your devices you are advised to install the Webroot antivirus which gives complete protection to your devices.

  14. Norton is the best online platform that provides you help to Norton Antivirus download, install and activate. Norton antivirus is the main choice for to much about their online protection. If you need a correct tutorial about / setup process then read this guide till the end.

  15. When a user wants utmost protection for their device, they can install Webroot Antivirus as they are the best in the business and it is recommended by many people across the world. Antivirus will protect the device from different types of viruses like Trojans, web hackers, malware etc. If any virus is able to enter the system then the device may crash and the user will face difficulty in using his/her device. Will start slowing up and the user will have to format the device completely.

  16. Webroot may be a very advanced, fast, highly efficient and light-weight antivirus available to download through Webroot offers protection against the web threat and constantly protects your device from cyber-attacks.
    Due to its cloud-based platform, webroot doesn’t need updates and may block threats the instant they’re administered , eliminating the necessity for virus definition and signature updates.

  17. User needs to be careful if they are selecting website download option as there are many websites which claim to provide free version of Webroot Antivirus and users should not visit them. Because the largest number of websites are frauds and if users visit these types of websites then they may face problem. To help the client we are posting the steps involved in installing webroot login antivirus within the device

  18. Web development is a specialized area of ​​software engineering that focuses on creating web pages. Web pages, or web apps, are codebases that are downloaded and run in our web browser (eg, Google Chrome) whenever a user visits a website address. It differs from other software which is usually downloaded once and run as a standalone application on your computer or phone. Web development makes for an exciting career, as the web development cycle is usually very short and you iterate on your software at a very rapid rate.

  19. یکی از روش های درمانی کاملا نوظهور و اثر بخش برای درمان کیست مویی لیزر کیست مویی است، که در کلینیک لیزر شفا با پزشکان متخصص با تجربه انجام میشود. روش لیزر کیست مویی بدین صورت است که، پزشک ابتدا از بی حس کننده موضعی استفاده می نماید سپس محتویات داخل کیست مویی را تخلیه نموده و با استفاده از لیزر، محفظه کیست و مجرای خروجی آن را برمیدارد. دوره نقاهت کوتاه، عدم نیاز به بیهوشی و خونریزی بسیار کم از مزایای قابل توجه این روش نسبت به جراحی سنتی است.

  20. Geçmişten gelen kahve kültürü ile vazgeçilmez bir diyalog kurma ve yeni insanlarla tanışma arzusunda olan kişiler bu duygularını pekiştirmek ve açığa vurabilmek adına kahve falı ile keyifli ve eğlenceli vakit geçirmektedirler.

  21. Dr. Ishan Shah is one of the best laparoscopic surgeon in Ahmedabad. They serve best services by ensuring our good health and caring for us. Performs all type of Advance Laparoscopic Surgery in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, India. Book an appointment with an experienced Laparoscopic Surgery Doctor based on your medical status. View doctor phone numbers and Meeting Timings in Hospital. ShuShruSha Hospital offers the best and exclusive laparoscopic Urologist(Urology) Surgery in Navrangpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. Dr. Ishan Shah is the top Laparoscopic Surgeon, Best laparoscopic surgeons in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh.

  22. I’m happy I located this blog! From time to time, students want to cognitive the keys of productive literary essays composing. Your first-class knowledge about this good post can become a proper basis for such people.

  23. In fact, the nature of social networks is such that they increase communication. Consumers on these networks always share their feelings and suggestions with you and with each other. So it does not matter if you use Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and other options. It is important to have an active and attractive presence.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *