By John Steele Gordon
Today, in a global within which information flashes around the world straight away, time lags are unattainable. within the mid-nineteenth century, communique among the us and Europe -- the guts of global affairs -- was once basically as quickly because the quickest send might go the Atlantic, making the us remoted and vulnerable.
But in 1866, the previous and New Worlds have been united through the winning laying of a cable around the Atlantic. John Steele Gordon's ebook chronicles this striking success -- the brainchild of yankee businessman Cyrus box and one of many maximum engineering feats of the 19th century. An epic fight, it required a decade of attempt, quite a few failed makes an attempt, hundreds of thousands of bucks in capital, a close to catastrophe at sea, the overcoming of probably insurmountable technological difficulties, and unusual actual, monetary, and highbrow braveness. Bringing to existence an missed tale within the annals of expertise, John Steele Gordon sheds attention-grabbing new gentle in this American saga that actually replaced the world.
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Within a few years the Boston physician and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes (father of the Supreme Court justice) would complain that New York had become "that tongue that is licking up the cream of commerce and finance of a continent. "7 He was not overstating the case. In 1800, about 9 percent of the country's foreign commerce passed through New York. By 1860 the figure was no less than 62 percent. Canals became an investment craze, and they were soon joined in popularity by the new railroads. Wall Street enjoyed its first great bull market in the 1830s, and "Wall Street" came to be synonymous with the American financial world.
It was so light he was easily able to haul it up and, thinking the copper core might be gold, he cut out a piece to show others. Regardless of the failure of the world's first submarine telegraph cable, the next year a new and vastly improved one was laid, and it worked. England was connected for the first time since the last Ice Age to the continent of Europe, so news in Paris could be news in London at the same time. Soon submarine cables connected England to Holland and Ireland and, in 1854, one was laid (rom Italy to Sardinia and Corsica.
Thus, it is not only practicable to bring America two days nearer to Europe by this route, but should the telegraphic communication between England and Ireland, sixty-two miles, be realized, it presents not the least difficulty. "Of course, we in Newfoundland will have nothing to do with the erection, working, and maintenance of the telegraph; but I suppose our government will give every facility to the company, either English or American, who will undertake it, as it will be an incalculable advantage to this country.