Why did the Industrial Revolution take place in Britain?

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Why did the Industrial Revolution take place in Britain?

Post  Sarah Marti Roy on Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:07 pm

In our modern world, we make a daily routine to go to the store and buy products. These products include a wide variety of goods manufactured for our consumption. It has not always been like this. There was a time when almost all products were hand-made and the factory system did not exist. This was called House Industry. The change (from one thing to another) from a world of (company made up of people working from their homes) to a factory system in known as the Industrial Revolution. Booming Britain: the Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the 1780's. In a little over a century, Britain went from a mostly (away from cities), (related to land and crops) population to a country of (change an area or country so that it builds factories and starts manufacturing lots of things)d towns, factories, mines and workshops.
Useful things/valuable supplies: Britain was a small nation in area but had large supplies of coal to power steam engines. Also had (existing in very large amounts) iron to build machines. In addition to (valuable things from nature), labor supply was necessary. Many workers were needed to mine coal and iron, build factories, and run machines.
New Technology: In the 1700's, Britain had plenty of skilled mechanics, eager to meet demand for nee practical inventions. Many of these new inventions were farming-based. Maybe the most important of these was the seed drill. Jethro Tull invented a seed frill which could be pulled behind a horse. It consisted of a wheeled vehicle containing a box filled with grain. There was a whee-driven ratchet that sprayed the seed out evenly as the seed drill sed pulled across t the field.
Money-based Conditions: trade from growing overseas empire helped British economy succeed. With slave trade, piled up Britain was a small nation in area but had large supplies of coal to power steam engines capital (wealth) to invest in businesses/projects such as shipping, mines, railroad, and factories. Many small business starters were willing to risk their wealth in new trips/businesses. Population explosion increased demand for goods.
Political/social conditions: Stable government supported money-based growth. Built strong navy to protect empire and overseas trade. Religious attitudes played a role - many small business starters came form religious groups that encouraged care with money and hard work.
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Post  Romane D. on Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:20 am

Sarah this is a very interesting topic and you have used very interesting and detailed facts. I think that the Industrial Revolution was great and terrible at the same time. It obviously had a positive effect on people who could own factories because they could create things in a larger amount and a faster amount of time. The negative side of this revolution was for the farmers who worked very hard, they had lost their jobs because they had machines that could do all the work for them. It really affected them, this led to urbanization, it was very crowded in the cities and there was a lack of hygiene because of the incredible amount of people that lived in the cities. There were new jobs for people, like working in the factories, but the conditions of work were extremely harsh. Great topic sarah!
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Post  Gloria H. on Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:14 pm

great topic and information, it really refreshed all the information and knowledge i had about this. i also believe that is was a great event because it was the start of so many more important inventions used today but it was bad due to the child labor and the low wages the workers were given and the treatment given.

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Post  Vasilisa on Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:28 pm

After the industrial revolution Britain became one of the most powerful countries of Europe. In my opinion it was not okay to use people like that at the factories. They didn't deserved it and even if they worked there and got hardly paid, why would they hit them to work faster. Do you believe that the revolution cause this way is worth having?

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