Transportation in the 1800s

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Jessica Acevedo
History 1302
October 10, 2012
Norman. Love

It fascinates me how the human mind has developed from the beginning of time, till now. I mean technology itself has transformed the word. New inventions are created each day, improving machines, and almost everything. Throughout history people have created things that have made life easier. Transportation has always been very important. It has been a huge part of history. Of course like every other resource it had its pros and cons. Automobiles, airplanes, boats, and trains during the 1800s were all being invented. Before life was harsh nothing was simple as today. For example sending a letter to someone or trying to communicate with someone would take weeks even months. Today you could just send an email and it will be delivered in seconds. Things were mostly made by hand, and people really had to work hard through these times. Good thing intelligence has always existed and we have great inventors who created things that made things easier and of course as technology advanced, so did society. The truth is that technology has taken control over our life. During the 1800s things were not as easy as they are today. Back then due to lack of transportation, people did not have the means to live as we do now. Traveling was difficult. It took weeks, even months for things to reach to their destiny because transportation was barely developing. By 1865 there existed four basic types of transportation. People either walked or ran from a certain place to another, Vehicles did exist such as the Sedan Chairs, in which the individual was pulled or carried by someone else. Carriers such as riding an animal or riding in a cart, wagon pulled by one or more animals. Mainly animals like horses, mules, and donkeys. Since railroads during this time were a major form of land transportation for long distances, it allowed people to travel quickly from city to city in a short amount of time. The thing was that...
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