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How Long Did It Take To Sail From England To America (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 2 Months To 4 Months

Many factors determine the period for how long it took to sail from England to America. Some of the factors which determine the time by increasing it or decreasing it could be, the type of water pathway used by the colonists, type of ships or water transportation used, the weather during which colonists crossed the ocean pathway and sailed from England to America and other such factors.

However, among all these factors, there is one major factor that determines the period for the colonists to sail from England to America. That major time determining factor is in which century the colonists sailed from England to America. The century when colonists began to sail from England to America was in the early 1500s. Then the sailing continued in the 1700s, 1800s, 1900s.

How Long Did It Take To Sail From England To America? 

Century in which colonists sailed from England to AmericaTime
16th century2 months to 3 months
17th century 1.5 months to 2 months
18th century 25 days to 30 days
19th century 15 days to 25 days
20th century 15 days to 25 days

In the year 1500s or other words, during the 16th century, it usually used to take the longest period for colonists to sail from England to America. On average, the sailing trip from England to America used to take a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 3 months.

In the 1600s or other words, during the 17th century, it usually used to take a shorter period as compared to sailing in the 1500s for colonists to sail from England to America. On average, the sailing trip from England to America used to take a minimum of 1.5 months to a maximum of 2 months.

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In the year of 1700s, or other words, during the 18th century, it usually used to take a shorter period as compared to sailing in the 1600s for colonists to sail from England to America. On average, the sailing trip from England to America used to take a minimum of 25 days to a maximum of 30 days.

In the year the 1800s, or other words, during the 19th century, it usually used to take a shorter period as compared to sailing in the 1700s for colonists to sail from England to America. On average, the sailing trip from England to America used to take a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of 25 days.

In the year the 1900s, or other words, during the 20th century, it usually used to take a shorter period as compared to sailing in the 1800s for colonists to sail from England to America. On average, the sailing trip from England to America used to take a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of 25 days.

Why Did It Take That Long To Sail From England To America?

The water pathway, or in other words, the water channel between the coast of England and the coast of America, is roughly about 3000 miles. In the early centuries, which were in the 1500s, 1600s, and mid-1700s, the ships that were used to cross the water channel had a speed of about 150 miles per hour. That is the major reason why it used to take so long for colonists to sail from England to America.

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Apart from this, the weather conditions when the colonists would sail from England to America also used to play a major role in determining the time it used to take to travel through the water channel.

Moreover, a voyager was sent to America from England to sail through the water channel which had comparatively faster speed than most of the regular ships used at those times. The trip began on September 6, 1620, and took nearly 66 days to reach the coast of America. The ship reached when cape cod was sighted, that was on November 9, 1620.

Conclusion

However, in the late 1900s, sailing from England to America was reduced. The major reason behind that is that in the late 1900s air transportation came to a boost and the transportation means were switched from water transportation to air transportation.

References

  1. https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1978-30803-001
  2. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=ckLuBM7gGcUC&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=sail+from+england+to+america&ots=Rw9CBlz7pE&sig=rdMjKaow-fUhTwMrwPrU9gcgWjU
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