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Christopher Steven Gilcrest Jr. HIST 386 Extra Credit April 16 th , 2016 The term “technological sublime” is defined as the feeling of awe and appreciation inspired by the creations of human beings. Two projects during the 19 th century which invigorated the emotions of the people of the time are construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the development of the Erie Canal. Both of these major projects during their creation faced challenges that defied human technology at the time. Engineers and people alike had to develop new ideas and technologies in order to overcome these challenges and instill the technological sublime within the people. The Brooklyn Bridge began construction in 1869 and was finally finished in 1883, taking a total of 14 years to finish. The need for the Brooklyn Bridge was to connect two New York landmasses, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Manhattan at the time, was a massive port where an extreme amount of trading would occur. This astonishing piece of architecture was not an easy project and faced many challenges that overcame technological limitations. In order to bury the large support beams for the bridge into the riverbed, large wooden boxes called caissons were used. The caissons created a pressure filled cavern where workers used basic tools to chip away
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  • Spring '13
  • Lisa Nocks
  • History, Manhattan, Suspension bridge, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge, The Bridge

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