The invention of the century


The inventor

Robert Fulton was born November 14, 1765, in Lancaster County, Pa. His father worked at farming, among other jobs, and died when Robert was a small boy. By the age of 10 Robert showed promise as an artist and was employed by local gunsmiths to make designs for their work. At 17 he went to Philadelphia, the cultural center of the Atlantic seaboard, and spent 4 years making portraits and doing miniatures. Financially successful, he was able to buy a farm near the city for his mother. After another 4 years, Robert went and desgined the very first steamboat in May, 1792.

Robert was the only known inventor for the steam boat.

How did the steamboat run?

The steamboat ran off a cycling wheel that rotated in and out off water.This allowed the boat to move forward and hold passengers in. Not to mention, but the steam boat later ran off of propellers under the bay of the boat also pushing it forward. everything in the boat is all ran off of steam by a coal breaker under the deck.

what was the purpose of this invention?

the steamboat was commonly used for transportation and products. we used the steamboat to carry cotton and other products across rivers and lakes, sometimes oceans.

Where and when did the steamboat occur?

the steamboat occured in west Philidelphia, America. this invention led to new ideas and later a more commonly known boat as the freight ship and train. its was probably about 1805-1806 when the best model was built and sailed.

The first crew!!

Robert in the middle, the baker boys on the left, and their two friends on the right.

The need for this invention!

this invention was needed to supply trasportation and products. The steamboat was commonly used for factories to carry goods and people across rivers and lakes.

the importance of the steamboat in history!

the steamboat was an important piece in history that led to new developments and ideas for the economy. people all over the worlds use this invetion for buisniess and jobs.


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