About the Steamboat
Robert Fulton (1765-1815) was known for being an engineer and inventing, the Clermont, the first steamboat that traveled from New York City to Albany.
It mainly had a good impact on the world. It made traveling and trading easier. Instead of ships depending on wind for a ship to move or traveling upstream, they could use power to move them. It got things faster and easier. Some negatives would be that it was used for war.
People wanted to use it because it got them places faster and trade was faster. A boat ride from New York City to Albany took 62 hours instead of many days.
This is Robert Fulton. He is the one who invented the steamboat and changed boat history.
This is the original looking design of the steamboat. It is a lot different than today's steamboats.
As you can see today's steamboat is bigger and looks like it has been improved from the original.