THE AIR AGE: The Little Ditch

In the minds of plain people, if not of geographers, the width of the broad Atlantic has been measured less in miles than in the hours, days and weeks it has taken men to cross it. In Columbus' day, the other side of the ocean seemed as far away as the other side of the moon. His caravels crawling painfully across the Atlantic for 71 days brought it very little closer. The gap (67 days) put between themselves and their homeland gave the Mayflower pilgrims a sense of freedom they could never find on King James's side of...

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