The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

: The Niagara, American ship laying the last kilometer of the transatlantic telegraph cable, on August 1858, near the American coast. Engraving. Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images

Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity. There were numerous stumbling blocks before there was finally a direct connection across the Atlantic.

Topics in this Podcast: Queen Victoria, 19th century