The Industrial Revolution Spreads.

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The Industrial Revolution Spreads.

Post  Lisa Ella Humenberger on Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:42 am

During the first years of the Industrial Revolution, Britain was the only country that was the industrial giant. Britain didn’t want any other country to steal Britain’s ideas, so they put strict laws against exporting their inventions to other countries. This worked for some time but later, 1807, William Cockerill opened factories in Belgium. It was the first country to industrialize in Europe. As time went on many other also joined the race. Machines were imported from England to Belgium, Germany and France. Even though England was still 1st, the other countries caught up pretty fast. The French were masters at the textile machines because they produced cloth that was excellent in design and quality. Germany was well known for their iron use. Later on the inventions of the automobile, airplane, radio, telephone, and television in the 19 and 20 century, the Industrial Revolution spread throughout the world, where it still continues an evolution process in many countries today.

But how did the other countries catch up with Britain so fast?

Well, Germany, France and the U.S had more supplies of coal, iron, and other sources than Britain had. Also where also advanced enough to follow Britain. In the U.S Robert Fulton made a steam boat using James Watt’s steam engine. Two countries in particular moved their way into being industrial leaders. Germany and the United States. Germany was the leading country in Europe and the U.S Advanced very fast after the Civil War. The American industry led the world in production.

Sources: Textbook
http://www.pinkmonkey.com/studyguides/subjects/worldhis/chap8/w0808501.asp
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