Magnetic Compass

1300-1400_Magnetic CompassInnovations to the original Chinese magnetic compass improve its function, allowing it to become the primary navigational instrument for mariners. This launches the Age of Discovery and poises Europe to become a world power that would later fuel the Industrial Revolution.

World Population : 170,060,000

Key:   1,000,000 People    1,000,000 People (Annotated)    Milestone

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