Time travel

Time travel

The pursuit of human to explore across civilizations led to the development of different modes of transportation such as seaways, airways, roadways and railways. 

Did you know that Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route to India had lost more than half the crew, who accompanied him in the arduous journey? In 1497-1498 he had travelled more than 300 days at sea and covered around 24,000 miles. Of the 170 people, he went back to Portugal with only 50. At the time when the seafaring technologies were primaeval, he had achieved an unprecedented feat by travelling from Lisbon to Calicut.

There were times when human travelled on foot or ventured in ships to a faraway land in their quest to explore the unexplored. Those explorations led to new discoveries and inventions which charted the course of history.

On the technology side, navigational instruments such as rudder, magnetic needle and superior cartography made the long explorations possible. Europeans had already engaged in ship manufacturing. These discoveries were further motivated by trade. Vasco da Gama carried home Indian pepper that sold in the European market for 60 times the cost of his voyage. The next step after commerce was to gain political control and the power to exert influence over territories led to more discoveries. The flight of fancy took new wings with innovations in various modes of transportation.

Flying in an aircraft which was a mere imagination in those days also became a reality and advances in technology today made it possible for us to travel in space. This pursuit continued across civilizations until different modes of transportation including seaways, airways, roadways and railways were developed to serve the purpose of trade.

In ancient times also humans tried to find strategies in form of foot coverings, snowshoes, skis to ensure long distances could be covered on foot easily. Slowly more inventions came to the fore which made way into transport to reduce the time and increase the load for transportation of goods.