Essay on The History of Transportation

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Transportation has evolved significantly over the course of history, from the primitive body part known as the “foot”, to the molecular transporters we hope to have in the distant future. The idea of moving ourselves from one place to another has always been a prominent concept in our dinky little brains. Whilst that generalization seems simple, the amount of effort, determination, and engineering prowess that is implemented to achieve such a feat is in fact, the exact opposite of simple. The mechanical wonders (that can be classified as whimsical, in my eyes) that exist for the purpose of transporting anything and everything all derive from the same basic concept, “How can we move from here to there?” Without further ado, let’s travel…show more content…
Now, Egypt is an impressive society as is, having invented papyrus, pictographs, and a social hierarchy, but the sailboat is going to be our main victim of scrutiny today. Back in the days of yore, the Egyptian sailboats were built from woven papyrus reeds, with linen acting as a sail. Why the Egyptians were the first to create the invention is obvious for two reasons, one because they had an innovative society, two because the Nile River was an obstacle they were obligated to traverse. The calm current of the Nile welcomed attempts at creating a working vessel, so the chances of success were quite high as they continued attempting to travel along the waters. In 3,500 BC, the predecessor for all modern civilizations was flourishing, Mesopotamia. Revolutionary contributions to society were being made, along with inventions that blew people’s minds. Cuneiform, irrigation, the first system of laws, all diminutive when put in comparison to one of the most important inventions of all time, the wheel. While the person who invented the wheel, and where it was invented in particular is shrouded in ambiguity, we’re certain as to how the wheel came to be. First, humans discovered that placing rollers under heavy objects allowed them to be pushed with ease. Second, humans began using sledges to decrease drag between heavy loads (sledges being a combination between a sled and a wedge). Third, humans combined the sledge and the roller. Fourth, humans began
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