The Best Way To Travel On Water
History of the Steamboat
Advantages and Disadvantages
-They allowed faster travel of goods and passengers
-They could go against the current without having to use the wind
-They could larger loads than stagecoachs and horse-drawn carriages
-Disasters like explosions and torn hulls were common
-The wooden steamboats wore out quickly
-They were extremely unreliable and were known to blow up and kill people.
The very first steamboat was invented by a man named John Fitch. He invented the steamboat in 1787. John Fitch just made a design and model of the steamboat, Robert Fulton is credited for improving the design of the steamboat. He made the steamboat faster and safer to travel on. Both men take credit for the invention of the steamboat.
How Did The Steamboat Impact North Dakota
Steamboats brought new people and businesses to North Dakota. After more steamboats were built more people started to come to the open prairie and new communities were started like Emerson, Grand Forks and Moorhead.
Importance To Settling the West
The steamboat helped settle the west in many ways.Many people chose horse-drawn carriages to travel but they could only carry so much, so the steamboat was a big help because it could carry over twice as much and travel faster.