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Unformatted text preview: e came about the nation was forced to substitute wool for cotton. This product was initially deemed inferior, but provided economic favorability. Cotton factories originally had to be situated along rivers or streams so they could operate using waterpower, but with the invention of steam power these factories now had the flexibility to be positioned wherever it was most efficient. Transportation was another beneficiary from the steam engine. Prior to the industrial revolution transportation relied on horses. As demand for trade increased to meet demands for the growing population, a simultaneous rise in the price of horse feed occurred. Horse drawn transportation became more and more inefficient. The use of the steam engine, however, battled this problem by providing a more adequate source of power that was not limited by the availability of resources. Industrialization made it so that people no longer had to choose between food supply and the consumption of wood, wool, and transportation. Overall the effects were more productive manufacturing processes, not a better...
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2009 for the course HIST 1015 taught by Professor Mann,ralph during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.
- Spring '07