The fact that skiing has gone from a major mode of transportation to a winter recreational activity says a lot about how getting from point A to B has changed over the course of human history. “Here to There,” the latest video in the Atlantic’s 10-part animated series (we previously featured an installment on housing through time), traces the history of transportation from the canoe in 8,000 B.C. to the recent debut of the hydrogen fuel-cell car. Covering more than 10,000 years in two-and-a-half minutes, this video shows that there is much more to the timeline of transportation than the switch from horses and buggies to motor vehicles.
With so many forms of travel highlighted in the video, it’s obvious that transportation methods have come a long way; however, the truly surprising aspect is which modes are still around. The use for carriages may be reduced to rides around Central Park, but funiculars, cable railways along steep slopes that date back to the 16th century, can still be found in use around the world. Not to mention, the subway, everyone’s favorite mode of transportation, has been around since its 1863 conception.
[Via The Atlantic]
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