27 Sep '17, 11am

[Mothership] S’pore played a teeny-weeny minor role in 1858 connecting America & Europe https://t.co/caqhkF56NR

[Mothership] S’pore played a teeny-weeny minor role in 1858 connecting America & Europe https://t.co/caqhkF56NR

On Aug. 5, 1858, the first transatlantic telegraph cable was laid by Cyrus West Field, allowing direct communication between North America and Europe. This was an undersea cable that ran under the Atlantic Ocean to allow messages to be sent quickly between the continents. Advertisement Source: Wikipedia Electrical messages in Morse code were relayed via the telegraph at one end, and sent through the transatlantic cable to the other end. With the laying of the cable, a message that had previously taken about 10 days to be delivered by ship, was reduced to 17 hours. You might be wondering what has Singapore, which is located on another side of the world, got to do with this momentous event in history. Well, it had to do with a humble tree. The Isonandra gutta tree The transatlantic cable was insulated with a special material called gutta percha , a resin found from the Isona...

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