It has also been thought that the compass was invented by the Arabs (a theory supported by the fact that at that time they enjoyed unchallenged superiority in the scientific field and were highly skilled in the art of navigation), even though other scholars observe that the Arabs, Turks and Persians called the instrument "bossola", a word derived from Italian. This means that the object must have had foreign origins, as did the word used to describe it. Whatever its origins, what is certain is that the first documents concerning the use of compasses for navigation came from China in around 1100 a.D., from the Arab world in the thirteenth century, from Scandinavia in about 1250 and from Europe in around 1187.
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