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Explorers Test Vocab

Test: October 2nd 2015

TermDefinition
cartography the science or art of ancient map making.
circumnavigate to sail all the way around something, mostly used in the context of the globe.
conquistadors a conqueror that explores around, especially one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
expedition a journey or voyage undertaken by a group of people with a particular purpose, especially that of exploration, scientific research, or war.
isthmus a narrow area of land that connects two larger land areas
mutiny an open rebellion against the proper authorities, especially by soldiers or sailors against their officers.
navigator a person who directs the route or course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation, especially by using instruments and maps.
northwest passage a sea route connecting the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
silk road an ancient network of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions.
caravel a small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th–17th centuries.
astrolabe an instrument formerly used to make astronomical measurements, typically of the altitudes of celestial bodies, and in navigation for calculating latitude.
Created by: tshu31