A  Science and Technology Odyssey in Cyberspace-Time 
20000 BC to 1800 AD
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1500 - 1699

1700 - 1800



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"Stone tools on an Indonesian island show that human ancestors crossed large stretches of water more than 800,000 years agoŚmuch earlier than scientists had been able to show before." 

Though the first rafts were prehistoric as indicated above. Raft use for ferrying and moving cargo and the subsequent development of  river boats took place on the Nile.

"The Nile didn't just feed the Egyptians, it was both an obstacle and the main highway. Too wide to be bridged, there must have been a great many ferryboats carrying people and wares from one shore to the other. But if you wanted to go anywhere, going by river would have been a good choice." 

Prehistoric Rafts and Ferryboats



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