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World History Minute: First Commercial Steam Engine Trip

For centuries, humans depended on nothing but oars, the wind, or currents to power ships. Many tried to invent steam engines, but only one man, Robert Fulton, made it commercially viable. The first voyage took place on August 17th 1807. It took 32 hours to get from New York City to Albany. Soon people put the engine on land and trains were invented. Historian John Schmidt tells the story.



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