Steam History

By: Ethan and Cody

The history of steam transporation

  • Steam transportation encouraged the rise of new processes in business
  • American and European inventors had developed steam boats in the late 1700s, but they were not widely used until the early 1800s.
  • The first steamboats were developed in France.
  • Demand for steam boat service arose when steam boats started to arise.
  • Steam boats increased trade and profit.
  • Led to conflict over sea ways.
  • Because of conflict over sea ways for steam boats, the steam trains were invented.
  • They were first developed in Great Britain in the early 1800s, but didn't become popular in the United States until the 1830s.
  • Trains were the fastest form of transportation for most people.
  • The trains could be quite dangerous.
  • The trains made getting goods to distant markets much easier

Questions and answers

Q: How did the steamboat forever alter river travel?

A: It allowed for easier travel upstream and led to the development of more boats.


Q: Why did the steamboat have such an impact on American economy?

A: It allowed for faster travel of goods from place to place.


Q: What impact did the case of Gibbons vs. Ogden have on water travel

A: It led to steam train popularity, as there was fighting over sea-ways.