The means of taking one thing or oneself to a location of interest. A location of value or a location of purpose. Transport is the way the greatest innovations of the world are based on. Look at the Coliseum, a great and ancient architectural structure standing firm since its construction in 70 AD. The Coliseum has been constructed of many materials that are a contributing factor to its ability to stand strong year in year out. The principle material being travertine. Travertine is a type of limestone also known as lapis tiburtinus by the inhabitants of Rome.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock. These types of rocks are formed from the left-over sediments that settle at the bottom of the sea or a river. When these left-over materials become compressed by pressure they become rocks such as limestone, sandstone and of travertine.
Now with regards to travertine, it is often found in Tuscany which is several kilometers away. To be even more geo-specific the travertine rock used to construct the Colosseum was bulk collected and extracted from its source in Tivoli, a town about 20 Km from Rome. Imagine the complexity of the transport links constructed just to carry such an important feature of a now globally renown structural piece. When you look at transport from this perspective one can realize the true value of transport and the means of transport we are exposed to now.
Imagine how hard it would have been in the olden days to transport yourself, never mind heavy goods. Back then they would move heavy objects by rolling them along tree trunks. Not only was this taxing and time consuming but it was equally debilitating mentally. If the distance was long you would daydream about when the heavy object would finally reach the last log.
Let’s fast forward a little bit to when the world began to witness dugout canoes which opened the channel of water travel. This was a faster way to get from point a to point b. Of course, you were not getting titanic sized dig out boats being used. Notwithstanding, this then gave birth to the fleets and large ships such as the Nao Victoria which sailed the earths entire circumference. The Nao Victoria may not have been to first ship per say, but it is still a pillar point many boat lovers and enthusiasts look up to.
The introduction of the boat was probably the last of human powered transport but when the boom of the industrial revolution was exposed to the world both animal and human efforts where 100% eradicated. Surprisingly, the industrial revolution solely depended on the transport of food and raw materials across the country.
The industrial revolution brought us to the world we live in. The improvements of the late 18th/early 19th centuries included the building of railway links and the introduction of the Ford motorcar brand developed by Henry Ford. He was by far one of the key contributors of the revolution creating a domino effect for all modes of transport we know today. With Ford’s invention came a whole industry and world of motor cars.
From Ford’s invention we can expect some hovering cars in the next few years!