American West

The story of the West is a long one, and formed part of the dispute between the British government and the American colonies before the War of Independence. But the great opening of the West came with the canals and railways of the nineteenth century, in whose development New Yorkers played a prominent role - and this story begins in the 'Niagara' chapter of Rutherfurd's New York.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
The First Film. Though disputed by historians who claim that a functional Lumière camera did not exist before the end of 1894, the Lumière brothers, widely regarded as the inventors of cinema, claimed to have shot their first films in August, 1894. Seven months later, in March, 1895 in Paris, they presented what was probably the world’s first screening of a film in front of a large audience. Ironically, the main purpose of their presentation was to showcase exciting research on colour photography, but the brothers were surprised at how fixated the audience was with the moving black and white images also on display !