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Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World 1x112

For two centuries, American whale oil lit the world—illuminating and powering the start of the industrial revolution, and laying the groundwork for a truly global economy. From its stunning rise as an economic force in the 18th century, to its precipitous decline in the decades following the Civil War, the whaling industry mapped millions of miles of uncharted ocean; opened new seaways and markets; employed the world’s most multi-cultural workforce; and shrunk the globe by bringing once remote reaches of the earth into contact as never before—all the while capturing the American imagination. This film tells the riveting and extraordinary story of the American whaling industry, from its origins off the coast of New England and Cape Cod, through the great golden age of deep-ocean whaling, to the industry’s spectacular demise.