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America’s Contribution to the Conquest of Distance

  • William Woodruff

Abstract

The conquest of time and space lies at the heart of the American saga. Born of a struggle by a seafaring race to conquer the high seas of the world, the Americans have encompassed distance as few others have done. They were the first to think in terms of the conquest of a continent rather than a country. Their great distances and their growing commercial ties made rapid communications indispensable. Even when their continental destiny had been fulfilled, they knew no rest until they had ventured into outer space. Their rhythm of life, moulded as it is by their attitudes to time and space, is fast and intense; so much so, that it has caused them to identify the conquest of distance with the march of human progress.

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Foreign Trade Southern Line Coastal Trade American Shipping Transcontinental Railroad 
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Copyright information

© William Woodruff 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • William Woodruff
    • 1
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA

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