The Telegraph

The telegraph was the most significant impact on west ward expansion because you could communicate more quickly, you didn't have to be face to face, you could send information to different locations, and you could communicate long distances.

This Change affected people directly. People could now communicate a lot easier and faster. The telegraph was also used at war. Abraham Lincoln was the first president to communicate on the spot with his officers on the battlefield. In 1861, over a million messages were sent out to the battlefield through the telegraph. Producers and suppliers also could communicate WAY faster.

It also affected the country. The telegraph encouraged people to move west. You could still communicate and keep in touch by using the telegraph. You didn't have to be face to face.


"THE telegraph allowed instant communication over vast distances for the first time in human history."
"Before the development of the electric telegraph in the 19th century revolutionized how information was transmitted across long distances, ancient civilizations such as those in china, egypt, and greece used drumbeats or smoke signals to exchange information between far-flung points."
"there was still no way for people to communicate quickly if they were located in two different places. This would beigin to change the arrival of the telegraph which could send messages by using electric curent traveling wires."
"For the First time in history, no longer limited to the speed at which a physical message could pass between locations. "

The Telegraph was invented in 1837. It was created so people didn't have to be face to face to communicate and so you could communicate long distance. During this time, the railroad was invented in the 1830's. The telegraph lines were placed on the railroad tracks.

This change affected both North and South, but mostly the west. It affected westward expansion by encouraging people to move west because people could still communicate.


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Created with images by Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez - ""Receptor del telégrafo Morse"." • quinet - "Early telegraph machine" • Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez - ""Aparato telegráfico Morse, con relais"." • ITU Pictures - "1865-01" • ChiefRanger - "The Fundamentals of telegraphy for Beginners"

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