History of Technology 2: Steam Power––The Nitty Gritty

Steam power was a huge development for many reasons, perhaps the biggest being how well it opened pores.

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in tow work All those things kind of revolutionized humanity's

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use of energy and that we talked about how the

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invention of steam power changed a lot of stuff we

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didn't get into the nitty gritty details Time to change

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that some of the most important early applications of steam

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power happened in the transportation world trains and railroads and

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get the lion share of attention in the transportation history

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But that's not necessarily fair Putting steam engines on the

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oceans was just as earth shattering time to stop trains

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from stealing the spotlight Their people were going to make

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this our cause Anyone wanna protest with us while we

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make our nifty protest signs let's actually talk about steamships

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after the invention of the cement and it wasn't too

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long until somebody had the bright idea to put an

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engine in a boat and it turned out to be

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a very bright idea steam travel made some people oceans

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of money on insanity Steamships could cross the atlantic ocean

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in a week So trade between europe and the us

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and basically everywhere else went totally nuts Of course only

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industrialized countries had steam ships and they didn't give them

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out for fun Why would they when it was more

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enjoyable to intimidate countries without them Fair or not Steamships

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made the world smaller We all know what that means

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Globalization Baby steamships could make way more trips back and

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forth across the ocean so each individual ticket wasn't so

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pricey Even the poor could finally cross the ocean with

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ease and be king of the world Okay sure they

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did it in cramped tiny cabins but it sure beats

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swimming Not surprisingly more people started crossing the atlantic and

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loads of those people were immigrants to the united states

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Did we say loads Then we met boatloads literal foot

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loads between eighteen thirty nineteen fourteen more than thirty million

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immigrants traveled from europe to the u s european politics

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had something to do with that But well steamships definitely

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helped others weren't doing it to find work or to

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escape trouble at home and they did it for fun

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it's Not that people never traveled for fun before but

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steam travel opened it up to a growing group of

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upper middle class types who just wanted to see the

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world well In eighteen seventy seven ulysses s grant former

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u s president and civil war hero decided to take

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a quick jaunt around the world With his family He

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steamed across the atlantic to see europe and then took

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another steamer up the nile and then another one into

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south asia Well fifty years previously a dangerous slow wildly

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expensive and very weird journey By the eighteen seventies it

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was well really no big deal And afterwards grant became

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infamous for killing parties by forcing everyone to watch his

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vacations lives Hey it beats looking at pictures of someone's 00:03:05.665 --> [endTime] baby