From Great Britain to America
Changing the Ways Forever
Slater Paves the Way for Modern Technology
Slater, a skilled British mechanic, left Great Britain disguised as a farmer, due to the fact that American textile companies lured him and others to the US with bounties and rewards, hoping that they would bring their knowledge with them. Samuel came to America and contacted Moses Brown. He tested Slater's knowledge and soon after Smith Brown, Brown's son and son-in-law, William Almy formed a partnership in 1793 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
In 1798 Slater formed his own company to build a mill. He also had a village named after him; Slatersville. When he died in 1835 he owned all or most of 13 textile mills. Many people copied his concept of having many mills, they also copied the way he got people to work for him. He used 30 employees and many of them were children. Poor and large families had no housing and he gave it too them for free if they worked for him, they also had to buy everything they needed from his stores so they got paid in store credits.
The way working changed was due largely to Samuel Slater and the people that followed him, and still it has changed today.
One of the Many Mills
It was big and it gave many people jobs that they needed.
The Father of the American Industrial Revolution
Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket
Many people came to work after they heard of this.