How Did The Steam Engine Affect The Industrial Revolution

1251 Words6 Pages
The effects of steam engine to the industrial revolution In the eighteenth century there used to be so many new inventions and technological breakthroughs and hence new outlooks on the world. Thermometers and the bifocals were two major ones over the eighteenth century. The French revolution intensely changed the situation in France. The United States of America was about to become an independent nation. And to end all this , James Watt has invented the steam engine that was catalyzing the development of the steam locomotive, which had a big impact on society ; the steam locomotive boosted the production of businesses, transformed tight-knit small villages into huge cities, and ushered in an era of big business and production at which we…show more content…
Until early 1700s the base of economic life wasn’t any different than at medieval ages. Villages used to live as a tight-knit, self sufficient community and interregional trade almost didn’t exist. Trade was run by tradesmen carrying their goods on horse back. Express ways were too bad and not suitable for transportation. Heavy loads could only be transported by sea and river. Small local authorities were responsible for road repair. But these authorities were neglecting their responsibility and especially farmers were up against a developing transportation system at the time since they were afraid that a large transportation system would oblige them to get into competition with distant markets. In the 18th century, road development and repair was assigned to private companies . These companies were building new roads, repairing the rough roads and get road toll from cars using these roads in exchange for that. With this system that provides profit to these private companies U.K. had a great road network at the time. The parliament has assigned an authority to build 400 new roads during the years 1700- 1750 and 1600 new roads during the years
Open Document