Popular Women’s Fashions During the Steamboat Era

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For generations, the royal courts of Europe set the standards of fashion. When did this stop, and why? In the Americas, independence movements elevated the common people over the aristocrats, and working-class fashions celebrated that. In Europe, the slow rise of constitutions that challenged the absolute power of the monarchs resulted in … Read more

The History of Steam Boating in the US South

A picture of SS Savanna, the first steam-powered ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 1819

A steamboat is driven mainly by steam power and is typically used to drive propellers or paddlewheels. Steamboats may use the prefix designations like SS, SS, or S/S for “Screw Steamer” or PS for “Paddle Steamer,” but these were the most commonly used names for steamships. Before the invention of trains, automobiles, … Read more

Who was Mark Twain?

Mark Twain’s Portrait

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri, United States, on 30th November 1835. He was an American writer, entrepreneur, lecturer, publisher, and humorist. The two of the major classics of the American literature of Twain include Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often called The Great … Read more

What is a Steam Boat?

Early steamboats like these had limited space and facilities. 

As technology advances, we see different forms of transportation being improved as well such as boats. The earlier boats were quite unstable and didn’t have the engines like the modern ships have. Sea travel has become way safer now because of advancements in the form of design and mechanisms. Traditionally, Steamboats were … Read more