The Role Of The Steam Engine In The Industrial Revolution

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England's primary fuel source in the late 1600s was wood, but as the steam engine entered mass production, coal became a popular fuel. The development of the steam engine acted as a catalyst in the Industrial Revolution, placing England on top of the world in production and exportation of coal. This new piece of technology would allow England to improve her communication with the established and growing colonies. Beginning in the early 1700s, three British scientists invented and enhanced the steam engine as technology improved to allow the British Empire to increase and revolutionize coal mining. This ultimately transformed the British economy and way of life, both were vastly dependent on agriculture. The steam engine would also eventually help England spread her sphere of influence and colonize other parts of the world. The steam engines would be used to kick-start the rest of the Industrial Revolution. Wood was still the main source of fuel used in England during the late 1600s. However after being racked by multiple harsh winters, most of the large forests had been cut down…show more content…
The London Gazette began as the Oxford Gazette but later became the London Gazette after the Black Plague. This notice appeared in 1716 when Thomas Newcomen obtained his patent on the steam engine. The Gazette uses the phrase coined by Thomas Savery “raising water by fire” and includes the place where the people selling this engine could be contacted by anyone who was interested in purchasing or investing in these modern marvels. People looking to buy steam engines were primarily mining companies looking to increase their production rates. As mines acquired these steam engines, they helped spread the word of their versatility other industrial companies began to look into the idea of using steam engines as an alternative power source to wind and
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