Come to our steamboat
By: David Kaiser
Disadvantages: Coal cost a lot. The cost to power the engines were very expensive. You needed a lot of coal to power a steam boat cause they weighed a lot. They were pretty expensive to ride too. They got you where you wanted to go if you could afford it. Some people died on steam boats too. Explosions from the engine killed many people on the steam boats.
The steamboat era basically with John Fitch. He made the first successful trial on the Delaware River with a forty-five foot steamboat on August 22, 1787.
After Fitch died Fulton became known as the "father of steam navigation". He was an inventor too. He successfully build and operate a submarine in 1801. Then he turned to steamboats and began to make steamboats.
Steam boat cargo
Steam boats carried more than passengers. They also carried goods to be shipped to other place. They held mostly cotton and sugar. New Orleans became a big port for steam boats. Arrivals at New Orleans went from 12 boats a year to 1,200 a year.
Relates to North Dakota
River was one of the biggest rivers that steamboats used. It goes from Montana to The Gulf of Mexico. The Missouri River goes through North Dakota so that's how it relates to North Dakota.