|On your globe, circle the following American cities. Boston,
Massachusetts at 43N/71W; New York City at 42N/71W; and Charleston,
South Carolina at 33N/80W. During the time of the Revolutionary War,
these were some of the largest cities in the colonies. What major common
geographical characteristic do these cities have that contributed to
their growth and importance? (1.) ___________________________
|During the war years, because the British controlled the sea-lanes,
most mail was transported along roads called post roads. Post roads that
had been improved and shortened during Benjamin Franklin's time as
deputy postmaster general of America enabled a letter to travel from
Charleston to Boston in about 18 days. Use your globe to determine the
straight-line distance between these two cities. What is this distance?
|Add 150 miles to the above distance to allow for the fact that the
post roads did not follow the most direct route. What is the distance
now? (3.) ______________________
If a letter took 18 days to travel this distance, what was the average
distance traveled per day?
What was the average speed of the letter in miles per hour? Use the
formula Distance traveled divided by 24 hours to help find the answer.