Independence in Real Time

The introduction of the telegraph in the 1830s made news available instantaneously.

Until its invention, news could only travel as fast as a horseman or ship could carry it.

Were the Declaration of Independence to signed today, the announcement would be shared everywhere at once (assuming of course it hadn’t been leaked first).

This graphic from Smithsonian Magazine tracks how the news of independence made it across the United States in 1776.