By- Mikayla Zeis


A steamboat is a boat that has a steam engine and looks like a ship. It can carry almost anything you can think of. It was the first transportation before cars, trains, and airplanes. In 1805, Oliver Evens attached a steam engine to a boat and put it on wheels and road it around the streets of Philadelphia. The most popular place in ND for steamboats was the Red River valley.


There are quite a few advantages for the steamboat. Including faster travel, can transport more people, and had a reliable schedule. That means will arrive on time and depart on time. One major disadvantage was air pollution. Steamboats depend on Burning wood or coal to keep going.


One thing the steamboat affected the most was the industrial Revolution. It really helped with getting things places faster. If your going to have more things, you gotta have something to help get it to its destination faster and can carry more. It really helped ND because it brought more things to ND so we really grew fast. We became more popular in country wide situations. We really grew in population because the steamboat brought many people to ND faster and quicker.


Steamboats became popular more during the Cotton Industary. Steamboats helped bring cotton place to place because the price to ship things was decided on weight. Cotton was light so it didn't cost much to ship it. Steamboats were also used a lot for transforing slaves around the country.


Robert Fulton gets a lot of credit for for building an economically combination of a steam engine and hull design. But he was not the first person to build the steamboat. Englishman Jonathan hull patended a steamboat in 1737. Americans James Rumsey, John Stevens, and James Fitch all ran working steamboats before Fulton launched his invention of the steamboat.

A little about our Inventors

Guaranteed to have you interested!

Elisa Korenne "Steamboats on the Red"