Innovation in the Colonial Times

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In History
  • Invention of the Refracting telescope

    Invention of the Refracting telescope
    In 1608 Hans Lippershey designed a lens that curved out. He discovered that distant objects appeared bigger when he put a concave and a convex lens back to back then put them into the "frame" which created the first refracting telescope.
  • Invention of the Submarine

    Invention of the Submarine
    Cornelius Drebbel built the first working submarine in 1623. The "design" accoriding to some was a roboat with a cover. On the inside there was oars that were moved by people to move the submarine. The submarine ended up submerging about 15 feet under water.
  • Invention of the Colonial Printing Press

    Invention of the Colonial Printing Press
    In 1639 Stephen Daye invented the first printing press in the English colonies. He mainly used it to spread religous information and a century later the first newspaper was printed on the Daye Press.
  • Invention of the Barometer

    Invention of the Barometer
    In 1644 Evanglestia Torricelli created the barometer. The barometer is used to calculate atmoshperic pressure (air pressure). Before that he was an assistant to the to the astronomer Galileo!
  • Invention of the Air Pump

    Invention of the Air Pump
    In 1650 Otlo Von Guerick invented the air pump which could also be used as a vacuum. WHich led Guerick to studying more about the vacuum and how it works.
  • Invention of the Candy Cane

    Invention of the Candy Cane
    In 1670 Cologne Cathedral created the all-white sugar stick as a part of the Christmas holiday. He gave out candy canes to children during the hloidays. Later the red stripes were added and different flavors were added.
  • Invention of the Lightening Rod

    Invention of the Lightening Rod
    Benjamin Franklin was very interested in electricity and how it worked. He wanted to prove that lightning was electricity so he created a rod that was 8-10 feet long. He made them to protect homes and in later years many homes were seen with his ligtning rod on their roofs.
  • Invention of Education

    Invention of Education
    In 1750 New England and Pannsylvania were the most driven to teach their people. The upper class recieved more education than the poor and instead they worked for people. They were taught reading, writing, math and poems.
  • Invention of the Double-pointed Needle

    Invention of the Double-pointed Needle
    In 1755 Charles T. Wiesenthal created a neelde where you no longer had to turn the needle around to continue sewing. He patented this and it's considered what led to the sewing machine.
  • Invention of the Bifocal

    Invention of the Bifocal
    In 1784 Benjamin Franklin got tired of carrying around both pairs of his glasses to see both close-up and far away so he combined them into one set of glasses and called them bifocals.