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Connecting the Continents: Heart's Content and the Atlantic cable

Connecting the Continents: Heart's Content and the Atlantic cable

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In July of 1866, the village Heart's Content on the east coast of Newfoundland attracted the attention of Canada and the entire world. A submarine telegraph cable had been stretched across the Atlantic Ocean from Valentia, Ireland, to this little fishing community. One of the first telegraphs was exchanged between Queen Victoria in England and President Buchanan in the United States. With the help of an elite group of operators, messages could now be sent between North America and Europe in minutes instead of ten days by ship. And Heart's Content had earned its place in the history of communications.

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Ted Rowe grew up in Heart’s Content, NL. He is a graduate of Memorial University, Dalhousie University, and the University of Western Ontario. After teaching at Memorial in the 1970s, he had a thirty-year career in real estate and has been active in a number of community organizations. Along the way he and his wife Maureen raised a family of five sons. He is the author of Connecting the Continents: Heart’s Content and the Atlantic Cable and Heroes & Rogues, a community history of Heart’s Content. His biography Robert Bond: The Greatest Newfoundlander was shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen award for political writing by the Writer’s Trust of Canada in 2018. In his spare time he travels, plays music, and enjoys good food and wine. 

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