What was the Industrial Revolution?
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At first water power was used to drive spinning and weaving machines, and factories and mills were set up.
New towns were built to provide homes for these workers. Steam engines were adapted to provide power to factories.
The railways and canal system were developed.The other key development was the smelting of iron using coke rather than wood. Britain was able to exploit the raw materials from her overseas empire to become one of the world's most prosperous industrial nations.
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Date Added: 04 January '12
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