Technological Changes Over Time

Sam Bailey Period 5


Harvesting of wild grains in northeastern Africa

13000 B.C.E. - 11000 B.C.E.


First movable type printing press


Although printing books had happened before, Johannes Gutenburg created the first movable type printing press and started the road to modern day printing.

Steam Engine


The steam engine allowed for more efficient and faster travel and was applied to trains and boats.

British Industrial Revolution


The British industrial revolution allowed for many new technological advances such as the train and helped modernize Britain and most of Europe.

Development of modern medicine


Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch discovered that germs and bacteria lead to disease and this led to the development of modern medicine.

First Gasoline Car


The first gas powered automobile was invented by Karl Benz and marks the start of modern transportation.

World War I

1914 - 1918

World War I offered many new military technological advances such as the flamethrower.



The television was a great invention that is still one of todays most popular forms of entertainment.

World War II

1939 - 1945

World War II also involved many advances such as making the machine gun more effective and evolving anti-tank weaponry.

East Asia

Domestication of horses

4000 B.C.E.

The domestication of horses allowed for faster travel, agricultural advances, and military opportunities.

First book printed

868 C.E.

Gunpowder invented

1000 C.E.

The Chinese originally used gunpowder for fireworks, but later it became a main staple in the military life.

Ming Dynasty Maritime Expeditions

1405 C.E. - 1433 C.E.

the Chinese fleet was the most impressive of its time and their boats were much more advanced than those of Europe.

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


This was the first use of nuclear weaponry in combat and marked a large advance in military technology, although it was catastrophic.

South Asia

North America

American Industrial Revolution

1820 - 1870

The industrial revolution in America included many transportation breakthroughs such as the train and the canal system and helped modernize america.



The telegraph was the first tool that allowed for long distance communication



The telephone allowed for people to have full conversations over long distances.



The lightbulb changed the way of lighting in the world and did away with kerosene lamps.

Latin America

Beginning of railroad building in Cuba, Chile, and Brazil


Railroads and train technology began to spread all over the world.

Construction of Panama Canal

1904 - 1914

Allowed for people to bypass sailing all the way around South America.

Middle East

First agricultural breakthrough

9000 B.C.E. - 7000 B.C.E.


6000 B.C.E.

The plow was a huge agricultural advance and allowed for more work to be done in less time more easily.

The hoe

5000 B.C.E.

The hoe was a huge advancement in agricultural technology and allowed for easier farming.

Beginning of Ironworking

1500 B.C.E.

Opening of Suez Canal


Canal allowed for ocean access from the Mediterranean Sea.

Southeast Asia