Transportation and Communication

Rural and Urban Areas are Unified to Last for Centuries

Inventions of the Beginning

-elevators -electric lighting -telephones -telegraph -airplanes

-automobile -steamboats/ships -radio -subway systems -typewriters -railroads


Old Roots

During the Industrial Revolution, transportation and communication was transformed with new technology. Every invention listed above has been improved and are the roots of most of the technology used today. The automobile for example, is owned by billions of people. Like the automobile, cell phones are also owned by billions.

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The Change of Transportation

More people started moving farther west. Raw materials and finished goods needed to be carried over long distances. Waterways, roads, and railroads, were created to meet the need as the main three types of transportation that increased during the Industrial Revolution.


The Change of Communication

One of the first inventions was the telegraph in 1844 by Samuel Morse. The next breakthrough to follow was an undersea cable to relay messages between Europe and North America. Communication soon got faster with American inventor Alexander Bell's telephone in 1876. Then the radio was invented by Guglielmo Marconi.

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All of these inventions made it faster and easier to get messages, goods, natural resources, and people between urban and rural areas. Advance in transportation encouraged western expansion and made it easier, faster, and economical to get there. Communication put the world on a new social level that made great distances reachable in minutes instead of days or weeks. This is how it began, but over the past 2 centuries, new technology has stemmed from these roots and will keep growing in the future.