Reader question: Time travel
A reader is curious to know of good sources on early modern time travel. More precisely: how much time did it take to travel to various places in the early modern period, say circa 1700? I think the request particularly relates to travel times between European capital cities and colonies overseas.
Offhand, I don’t have a good answer. I know Geoffrey Parker has a chapter on the tyranny of distance in his Grand Strategy of Philip II, influenced by Fernand Braudel. Perhaps more germane to the request, I also recall a map in the first volume of the Oxford History of the British Empire that includes routes and average times on it. Undoubtedly various textbooks and monographs include examples and anecdotes, but I’m wondering if there’s a more systematic source of information out there? (We’ll preface the discussion with the recognition that travel times over great differences could vary dramatically depending on weather, accidents, pirates…).
So I’m hoping that someone will give some suggestions in the comments so I don’t have to try to find out myself.