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The Renaissance was an age of rapid dissemination of new information. This information was derived primarily from exploration and the scientific inquiry promoted by humanism. Explorers expanded knowledge by providing facts related to geography, botany, and zoology, and by encouraging the development of new technology related to trade and commerce. Humanists expanded knowledge by rediscovering ancient books that preserved lost ways of thinking about science, philosophy, and civilized society.

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Many scientific advances came about because of the need for better navigational and sailing techniques. For example, Prince Henry the Navigator's scientists furthered the studies of astronomy and mathematics as they developed calculations for determining latitude and longitude, and in 1608 the Dutch invented the telescope, which enabled sailors to see great distances. Renaissance inventors also improved the windlass, a cranked winch used to hoist an anchor.

Other inventions came about because of trade and commerce. For example, shortly...

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