History of Technology 2: Changes in Transportation Technology

Changes in transportation technologies have had a major effect on globalization throughout human history. It's time for a whirlwind tour, so...get on your segway and hold on tight.

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then folks did their hunting gathering mostly on their own two feet some of the [Man kills the mammoth with a spear and drags it away]

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first most important and longest journeys in human history were powered [Man trying to force the mammoth into his cave and it wont fit]

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by good old-fashioned foot power that early humans all had really nice cab

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well some hunter-gatherers also got smart and travelled along rivers and [Man in a rowing boat]

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coastlines using paddle powered boats early trade in the first major cities

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were both related to water transport by the time we hit the agricultural

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Craftsman era humans were all about wheels and roads which allowed the first [Road appears in a field]

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empires to be connected wheels let people move more than they could carry

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for the first time especially once they got critters to move it for them well in [Man on a horse and cart with a huge load]

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this era boats also got an upgrade with the addition of sails let's face it

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paddling across an entire sea really stinks especially for the galley slave [Big sail boat goes next to the rowing boat]

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well the vast trade networks of the pre-industrial world were built around

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oceanic navigation and sailing ships of all shapes sizes and flavors and we're [Ship navigating around a globe]

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big fans of a strawberry variety as big relief brake well things got more [Man eating a strawberry]

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convenient still once we get the industrial era steam was way faster and

01:32

steamers helped build the empires of the 19th century applying steam power to [Huge steam boat]

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land travel produce the railroad which knitted together massive countries like

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the u.s. and India when personal automobiles came along everything from [Family next to their old car]

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domestic life to vacations to the landscape itself was changed forever and [Houses appearing in a field]

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things just keep changing now that we're in the post-industrial era aviation

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changed the way people traveled and is got an ocean between you and your ideal [Guy working on a laptop on a plane]

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business market and no problem then of course there's also figured out [Space shuttle taking off]

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spaceflight I know it's not like there's a Disney World on Mars yet but we're

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getting there slowly but surely and we're sure the Martian can't wait for [Aliens lining up to go into Disneyland]

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that in the immediate sense the main thing spaceflight has given us is

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satellites which transmit data all around the world that's a big part of

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globalization too and people have to travel into space to make it happen so [Astronauts flying from the Earth into space]

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the next time you watch viral videos of foreign people falling off of things we

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should remember to thank our local astronauts [Two people in the living room watching TV]