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Braille was created by modifying a night writing system used on ships.

Braille was created in 1820 by a Frenchman named Louis Braille. While studying in a school for the blind, Braille and his colleagues realized that raised dots were faster to read than raised letters, and, unlike raised print letters, could be easily printed by hand. Braille is recognized as the single most important development in making it possible for people who are blind to read and write.