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World History Minute: The Atlantic Cable Completed

For most of history, people could communicate only as fast as someone could physically carry a message, but that all changed on August 5th 1858, when the Atlantic telegraph cable was completed.

Once the United States and Great Britain teamed up to lay a cable for electronic messages, the world became a much smaller place. Historian John Schmidt tells us how that came about. 


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