How did they communicate in the 1500s?
Without the use of television, telephone, radio, Internet or the postal service, correspondence took place in the form of letters delivered by private messengers. Letters were written on parchment (pieces of dried animal skin) with the use of ink and quill pen.
Some of the oldest forms of human communication include talking or making sounds, drawing or painting, dancing, acting, and using symbols. Making sounds such as grunting or guttural sounds at a low pitch or high pitch would indicate either social communication or be a warning sign.
In early colonial times, letter writers sent their correspondence by friends, merchants and Native Americans via foot or horseback. Most of this correspondence, however, was between the colonists and family members back home in England.
Early methods of long-distance communication included runners to carry important messages, smoke signals, chains of searchlights, drums, carrier pigeons, the Pony Express and the telegraph.
Middle English language, the vernacular spoken and written in England from about 1100 to about 1500, the descendant of the Old English language and the ancestor of Modern English.
During the 15th century, English became the main spoken language, but Latin and French continued to be exclusively used in official legal documents until the beginning of the 18th century.
Before the invention of the telephone, most communication was done through face-to-face meetings, written letters, or telegraphy. The invention of the telephone made it easier and faster for people to communicate with each other, even if they were far apart.
The first of these inventions was the electric telegraph in 1831 by a man named Joseph Henry. This type of telegraph allowed messages to be sent and received over long distances.
Researchers have long debated when humans starting talking to each other. Estimates range wildly, from as late as 50,000 years ago to as early as the beginning of the human genus more than 2 million years ago.
Three main languages were in use in England in the later medieval period – Middle English, Anglo-Norman (or French) and Latin.
How did people communicate in 1915?
During the First World War, (WWI) communication technology was changing very quickly. For the first time, much of the world was using electricity, and this new source of power was utilized for communication in the form of telegraphs, telephones, signal lamps, and radio.
While verbal communication was used in ancient times, symbols and images were still used to portray information. The earliest proven form of this is cave paintings.
Messengers were often used in the medieval era. They would travel across the land to communicate the messages of the king or queen to others. Rumours were also very common in the medieval era – many people would talk and gossip in their villages and these rumours would quickly spread via word of mouth.