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Before trains, cars, trucks and airplanes existed, rivers were used for travel. They carried people and goods from one place to another. River travel was often slow because speed of travel depended on the river current and manpower. That all changed with the introduction of steampowered boats in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The steam-powered boats could travel at the astonishing speed of up to five miles per hour. They soon revolutionized river travel and trade, and dominated the waterways. The dangers of steamboat travel such as explosions, sinkings, Indian attacks, and daring steamboat races captured the imagination of the country. The great steam-powered boats.

advantages & disadvantages

Advantages: They allowed faster travel of goods and passengers.
Disadvantages: They were not regulated and killed a lot of people due to boiler explosions from unsafe designs and/or unsafe operation.
Example: One steamboat on the Mississippi, at the end of the Civil War overloaded 300% or so with returning Union soldiers who had been released form Southern POW camps. Boiler exploded and over 3,000 people died

inventor of the steamboat

john Fitch built four more steamboats, but they were expensive to build and to operate. Because they were so expensive, his steamboats were unsuccessful. The first successful steamboat was the Clermont, which was built by American inventor Robert Fulton in 1807.
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how did it impact on North Dakota

  • Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor

importance of steamboats

The steam boat helped a whole lot in transportation of goods. It was easier to transport on rivers than on land(and sooo much faster!)

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The Steamboat - History Key Assignment - February 2014