how did the lateen sail help the european explorers
Iceland, Greenland, Vinland (America).
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What were two reasons why were the first explorers fearful to sail?
The lateen sail was invented around 100.
a trangular sail
A type of sail
It is called the lateen sail.
A three sided sail is known as a Lateen sail or also a triangular sail. With a four sided sail one is only able to sail against the wind, but with a Lateen sail it is possible to sail more directly into the wind.
The Arabs used them
The lateen is believed to have been used in the Eastern Mediterranean as early as the 2nd Century ce (common ear). The effective use by the Arabs caused it's rapid spread through the Mediterranean. The lateen sail was so popular because its ability to sail into the wind. Prior to the lateen a majority of sea vessels used square sails (which one can imagine wouldn't sail into the wind very effectively). The lateen made up a majority of ship sails during the Age of Discovery (When Columbus discovered the Americas). The lateen made it possible to sail faster, farther, and more efficiently. An elite ship during the Age of Discovery was the caravel, its elite status can be attributed to how effectively it utilized the lateen sail.
No the Caravel had a lateen and a square sail and was steered by rudders. The lateen sail aloud it to sail against the wind
a Lateen Sail