The Roller Coaster Like Start of the Century
It is in the unsteady and volatile first decade of the twentieth century in which we see how the United States of America has fought through massive adversity and transformed the world for the better. According to Time’s article The 1900 Galveston Hurricane, “That storm killed about 8,000 Americans and leveled what had been the largest city in Texas” (Ripley 1). This quote is referring to the deadliest hurricane that ever hit the United States. As a relatively new nation, this was an absolutely tragic and horrifying start to the century. Despite taking away precious lives and weakening the spirits of the American people, the patriotic incentive for exploration and innovation only strengthened. Only three years later, two proud brothers made what is quite possibly one of the most important and world-changing inventions. “On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a wind-swept beach in North Carolina” (“Eyewitness to History” 1). This historic day in the city of Kitty Hawk marked the commencement of a new era. Due to this marvelous invention and vast advancements in technology, people can travel internationally at an exponentially faster rate. This really did put America back where it belonged, standing as the true world leader in innovation. Even though this marked tremendous progress for the country this decade, it was not done yet. “On September 7, 1909, readers of the New York Times awakened to a stunning front page headline: ‘Peary Discovers the North Pole After Eight Trials in 23 Years’” (Henderson 1). American scholar Robert Peary took his spirit for exploration and combined it with hard work to make a miracle happen. Although there is controversy in this topic, it is most certain that this man was the first to reach the North Pole, the most north location on planet Earth.
The first ten years of the new century had its many ups and downs, just like a roller coaster. Even though the first year of the twentieth century brought the most massive and deadly natural catastrophe to the United States which was the Galveston Hurricane, this nation still managed to bounce back and be the first to invent an airplane which could fly through the air, and the first to reach the absolute North Pole, all within a ten year span which would forever change the world.
Before the hurricane in 1900, Galveston was the largest and most economically prosperous city in the enormous state of Texas. Galveston was “once the busiest port in Texas, with the promise of becoming the “New York of the South” (“Eyewitness to History” 1). In the year 1900, America had a very indifferent attitude toward potential natural catastrophes. They had not yet dealt with anything too major. There was no satellite technology back then, so storms could not be detected nearly as well as they are now.
The people of Texas as well as the American government did not take Cuban...