Industrial Revolution

Industrial Revolution
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Before the Industrial Revolution, most people lived in rural areas and worked in the agricultural industry growing crops or tending to livestock. Clothes and homewares were hand-made by a small group of individuals who specialised in trades, used very little technology and sold their wares in towns. With the Industrial Revolution, beginning in the late 1700s, there was a transition to an industrial urban economy. This meant that most people now moved from rural into urban areas where they took up work in factories. The first companies appear at this time, such as ‘Colgate Palmolive’ which was established by an English immigrant to America who set up a soap, starch and candle factory in 1806. In factories, products were now made in high quantities, called ‘mass-production’, by people with the assistance of machines powered by steam or coal-power. The discovery of steam and coal-power quickly led to the invention of steam trains, steamboats and railroads that were able to quickly transport goods across the country and to new markets overseas. The Industrial Revolution that had began in Great Britain quickly spread throughout the world.

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  • Most people lived in rural areas and worked in the agricultural industry growing crops or tending to livestock.
  • Newspapers! Seeds! and MORE!
  • With the Industrial Revolution, people moved to rural-urban areas to work in factories
  • In factories, products were now made in high quantities, called ‘mass-production’, by people with the assistance of machines powered by steam or coal-power.
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