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By:Jonathan Ancrum

In the old times, when the boats still ran with coal or wood, the smoking stacks could already be seen from far distances, so the people waiting at the next landing knew very early, when the steamboat will come. But of course this was not the reason, why the stacks were rising that high in the sky: Steamboats, that did the transportation of cotton had to be very careful to prevent the cotton (and the whole boat) from burning down, so the sparkling of the fire had to be kept as far away as possible from the cotton.

Your text hereThe invention of the steamboat, in the early 1800s, dramatically changed society as steamboats were the first means of travelling upstream. The steamboat led to the creation of new towns and stimulated the economy.

The era of the steamboat began in America in 1787 when John Fitch (1743-1798) made the first successful trial of a forty-five-foot steamboat on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787, in the presence of members of the Constitutional Convention. Fitch later built a larger vessel that carried passengers and freight between Philadelphia and Burlington, New Jersey.



Impact on Society

1. Before steamboats, travel on the river was limited to rafts, flatboats, keelboats, and other craft that had no engine to propel and guide them.

2. By the late 1700s, several inventors had proven through their experiments that the steamboat was ready for service.

Today inventions here today on water were inspired by the steamboat i say. today we have boats, jet skees,cannoes,etc. Alot of tecnology these days were all inspired by the old time inventions. Our inventions help alot with traveling and trasporting goods.

The stacks are some of the most popular characteristics of the steamboats. They rise high above the boat, sometimes 30 feet or more. Most of the boats have two stacks, but some have only one. Often the stacks can be lowered to pass low-clearence-bridges. But at some bridges even this does not work, because the clearence is to low at all, e.g. at the Arkansas River, where only smaller boats like the Delta Queen, can go through.

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With steamboats, people could make trips in weeks instead of months. Freight could be moved in larger amounts and on longer trips. Towns and cities popped up along the rivers to serve steamboats. Steamboats linked major cities all over the young United States and helped unite the country.



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