This is the importance and history of steamboats.


Steamboats carried goods,cargo, and people across the rivers. They were introduced in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Travel by river was often slow until the steamboats were created. They could go up to 5 miles per hour. However, with advantages, comes disadvantages.


  • Didn't run on man power
  • Could carry more goods,cargo, and people
  • Revolutionized river travel,trade,and dominated the waterways.
  • Could go up to 5 miles an hour


  • Danger of explosion
  • Danger of sinking
  • Danger of Indian attacks
  • Could run out of fuel


Here are some of the inventor(s) who created the steamboat:

  • James Watt
  • John Fitch
  • Robert Fulton
  • Robert Livingston
  • Edward Livingston

How did it impact North Dakota and importance

The steamboat transported people and cargo across the Red river. Since the first one in 1859 to the last one that sank in 1909, steamboat travel lasted barely 50 years. It was the most important transportation link between St. Paul,Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The steamboat hauled thousands of settlers and MILLIONS of tons of freight between the U.S. and Canada. Although the age of the steamboat is gone, it forged a commercial network between 2 countries that still exists today, in the interstate-29 corridor.
The Steamboat - History Key Assignment - February 2014