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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

1881 United States - Mexico Cable

Manufactured by the India Rubber Gutta Percha & Telegraph Works for the Mexican Telegraph Company, this cable was laid in 1881 by CS Dacia and CS International.

Running from Galveston - Tampico - Vera Cruz, the total cable length was 738 nm. In 1882 this cable connected with the new cable of the Central & South American Telegraph Company, extending the system to Peru.

Last revised: 4 January, 2010

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