McNown on Canals

Before the 16th century the most efficient way to transport materials was by natural waterways. However, these rivers or streams had non-navigable at some points thus transport was impossible. During the 16th century European engineers began to expand the waterway network. They started by removing obstacles and digging canal loops around rapids or the obstacles. …

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Astrolabe Research

The Astrolabe: Using the Stars to Explore the Earth The astrolabe, which means star taker in Greek, is a scientific instrument to make observations and calculations. Because early man recognized that stars moved in patterns and could be used to determine dates, times, and celestial events, travelers developed tools such as the astrolabe, which utilized …

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Comment on Textiles and Steam Engines by jacobdw

Great post! You did a great job showing how the Newcomen engine was not very efficient or affordable. It is good that you mention John Smeaton made improvements before James Watt.
Here’s a great link to look at the Newcomen engine vs. the Watt engine.

Comment on E. R. Chamberlin: Changes in English Agriculture by jacobdw

You did a great job showing how the English Government played a key role in the advancement of agriculture in England. I am glad that you pointed out that more than the efficiency was affected by the Act. I am glad you pointed out that it positively affected the social climate in England.
Here’s a neat video on the enclosure movement.

Comment on Gimpel Chapter 9: The End of an Era by jacobdw

This post is a great summary of chapter 9. It’s good that you show that the Black Death was not the only factor that went into the decline of medieval Europe, but rather it was the constant wars and fighting. Here is a great article that relates the wars during this time period to the Black Death.