On February 28, 1849, the first regular steamship service between the West Coast and East Coast of the United States completed its first run. The SS California arrived in San Francisco Bay four months and 21 days after leaving New York Harbor. The California traveled all the way around South America, navigating Cape Horn at the southern end of the continent.The California's trip marked the first large-scale connection between the western and eastern United States. Before this time, passing messages and packages required overland travel by horse or wagon. This was neither practical nor efficient. Steamship service, followed by railroads, automobile highways, and airline routes helped to create faster and more efficient transcontinental travel. Traveling from New York to San Francisco has gone from a four-month, 21-day sea voyage to a six-hour airplane ride.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry airline Noun
system or business that provides air transportation.
body of water partially surrounded by land, usually with a wide mouth to a larger body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: bay cape Noun
point of land that extends into a body of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: cape continent Noun
one of the seven main land masses on Earth.
Encyclopedic Entry: continent harbor Noun
part of a body of water deep enough for ships to dock.
Encyclopedic Entry: harbor highway Noun
large public road.
road constructed with metal tracks on which trains travel.
path or way.
extending across an entire continent.