September 21st, 2021

Architect's Dream

tidbits cross time

John Wilkinson's work in steam engines began because James Watt could use his new boring technique, invented for cannons, on pistons, but it continued with Wilkinson finding many uses for steam engine in ironworking, instead of merely using them to pump water out of coal engines as they had in the past.

During the Napoleonic Wars, the Portuguese court simply packed up and moved to Brazil. Rio de Janeiro was the capital of the Portuguese Empire until 1820. Around 15,000 people moved there as part of the court and government.

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