Mills - The Industrialization of America The value of mills...

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The Industrialization of America The value of mills in early American history is almost incomparable in terms of technologies that sparked the growth of the new colonies in the untouched lands. Mills showed their effect and importance especially when moving out westward into the thick, unexplored, forested areas of the America. It allowed for many things that something similar, like the axe, didn’t manage to accomplish. Although both the axe and mills led to the growth of towns, the axe was a much slower process. The mill was caused rapid growth, usually being the first thing built when building in newly exposed lands. Even though these two technologies are a couple of the most important advancements in stimulating the expansion of new settlements, many believed them to be just tools of destruction. While true… both technologies led to the destruction of lots of forest land, beautiful landscapes of the once untouched American soil, and the elimination of many different animals, from fish to forest dwelling mammals and birds, the success the new colonies had with these new tools at the time was much more important than preserving the lands. Without these tools, and many other new technologies, the expansion of America would have been incredibly slow. Also, the destruction of the land was inevitable; there probably would be other technologies or different groups of people ready to take advantage of the new land. Had these technologies not been put to use, the colonies would have fallen behind other countries economically and might have even died off or made no progress. The axe and the mill themselves weren’t the only things needed to start new settlements, another huge factor was location. Location was very important because without
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the necessary climate, surroundings and terrain, big urban areas would not have risen. The most important geographical feature for starting new settlements was rivers. (A great example of where this is shown is in Egypt, along the Nile River, such as Cairo.
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