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When Was The Fence Invented?

The fence is a barrier that encloses the territory, typically outdoors, and is usually built from posts that are connected by boards, wires, rails or nets. The fence differs from the wall in that it does not have a strong base along its entire length. Alternatives to fences include a ditch (sometimes filled with water, forming a moat).


The first fences in the world can not be well known, and photos definitely do not exist. Most of them were made of wood or stone. Fences were initially designed to shield assets or artifacts. They have also been used for agricultural purposes to further grow various parts of the world. When we look at history, we see that civilisations and agriculture are two of the most significant components of the development of the planet. This means that the fence is an icon of security and growth, which are two of the most important aspects of historical development and preservation.

Barbed wire fences became common during the Industrial Revolution. In the 1870s, they were presented at the DeKalb County Fair in Illinois. Before this time, cattle and other livestock were usually left to roam free on the land of the range. Barbed wire was used to confine them to certain areas to keep them away from roadways and neighboring properties. During that time, the fencing was made of two wires with a gage of about 12 or 14 and twisted together. This style is still very popular today. The beginning of the electric fences started in the 1950s. They were and still are, used to keep the livestock and other animals in confinement. If the animals attempt to escape and hit the wire, the electrical pulse produces an insignificant yet painful corrective shock.


High tensile wire fencing was introduced in the 1970s. With a higher voltage than standard wire or barbed wire fences, it permitted a wider spacing of fence posts. Later in the 1980s, plastic fencing became common as a means of holding horses confined. Vinyl is one of the most common materials to be used. Synthetic fencing serves a wide range of purposes and is still widely used as a cost-effective alternative. Any of the decorative fencing used to outline the properties are made of synthetic materials. Other common options are iron, wood and chain fencing for outlining properties.

Some fences and fence-like walls are so prominent that they have rendered history books. One example is the Great Wall of China. It is one of the oldest living defensive fences in the world at three millennia of age, and it is also one of the longest. It's an amazing 13,000 miles. The Dingo Fence in Southern Australia is the longest agricultural fence in the world at 5.614 kilometers. Founded in the 1880s, it was built to keep the dingoes out of a fertile patch of land where the sheep grazed.


The fence protecting Buckingham Palace in England is one of the most ornate fences in the world. Besides being used as a barrier to protect royalty, it is also intended to be a sign of majesty. Turkey is one of the most special modern fences in the world. The engineer replaced the steel fence with an enormous aquarium extending more than 160 meters.


Here are three interesting facts regarding the history of fences:


Barbed wire fence

In the mid-1800s, American settlers—mainly farmers—moved to the south and west in search of new land. Where they used to live in the Northeast, stones or wood for walls were abundant, as was labor. In a treeless land with few stones, however it was difficult to get through stone and wooden fences. In the absence of these the farmers were searching for suitable substitutes. Barbed wire fencing was invented at the De Kalb County Fair in Illinois in 1873. The farmer put forward the initial proposal, and the design took off from there. Later, barbed wire will serve as an inspiration to chain link fences.

Stone Walls To Nowhere

If you ever visit Ireland, you might find that there are a lot of stone walls that seem to lead nowhere. They're always going to go straight up the mountain until they peter out. Many of these walls were constructed during the time of the Great Famine, which followed the blight of potatoes. The Irish were disproportionately dependent on potatoes, which contributed to widespread famine and disease. Ireland saw fit to ration some food—but they needed people to work for it. For this purpose, they ordered the building of walls and roads. This has also helped clear the land for planting. Many of the walls of the Famine are still standing to this day and some are used as modern fences for livestock.

The Great Wall of China

Most of the people are at least a little acquainted with the Great Wall of China. Construction began as early as the seventh century B.C., with earlier walls being linked later, becoming a longer, more formidable barrier. Part of the current wall dates back to the Ming Dynasty. Thousands of employees potentially died while constructing a wall. Contrarily to the persistent misconception, the wall is not visible from space. This is not surprising given that while long, the wall is not more than a few times larger than your typical vinyl fence.

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