The day the first undersea cable was laid across the Atlantic – level 1


On August 5, 1858, people connect North America and Europe with a cable. The cable goes underwater.

The cable is 4,600 kilometers long. The cable is made of copper. People use the cable to send messages.

Two ships put the cable under water. The ships meet in the middle of the Atlantic. People connect the two ends of the cable there.

The first message is a letter from Queen Victoria to the president of the United States.

The cable works for only three weeks. Then the connection breaks.

Difficult words: cable (a tube which has wires inside), copper (a soft red-brown metal).

What methods were used to test the cable before it was laid underwater?


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