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Which inventions changed the world?

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Which inventions changed the world? The invention of practical steam engines was the most significant advance in the 1700s, providing power for the Industrial Revolution. The first steam engines were massive stationary devices that pumped water from flooded mines, but they were soon adapted to power ships. At first, wooden ships were converted and driven by massive paddlewheels, but gradually steel-hulled vessels with propellers were introduced.

The first steam locomotives appeared in the early 1800s.They carried goods and allowed people to travel to the factories where they worked. Trains were an important means for social change because, for the first time, people could travel quickly and visit areas that were previously too far away.

Steam engines revolutionized farming, providing power for ploughing and harvesting. Fewer farm workers were needed, and many moved to the cities to work in the factories.

Trade with the Far East involved a long voyage around the tip of Africa.The Suez Canal provided a quick route through the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12

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