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By Carroll Pursell

A better half to American know-how is a groundbreaking number of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the United States. 22 unique essays by way of specialist students disguise an important positive aspects of yank know-how, together with advancements in cars, tv, and computingAnalyzes the ways that applied sciences are prepared, reminiscent of within the engineering career, executive, medication and agricultureIncludes discussions of the way applied sciences have interaction with race, gender, category, and different organizing buildings in American society

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They signed a contract to build and operate a boat on the Hudson River between New York and Albany. Fulton had built a boat in France in 1803, using side paddle wheels and a Watt-type steam engine with a separate condenser, none of which infringed on the patents of Fitch, Rumsey, or Stevens. Following the boat’s successful testing, Livingston used his political connections to secure a steam transport monopoly in New York, and Fulton launched a second, similar boat, The Clermont, in 1807. Technically and financially successful, the two men extended steamboat commerce from the Hudson River into Long Island Sound, and in 1811, they inaugurated steamboat service on the Mississippi River.

They inaugurated a new era of American ironmaking that would make the British North American colonies the world’s third largest iron producers by 1770. The Principio entrepreneurs added a blast furnace on Augustine Washington’s land at Accokeek, Virginia, and by 1736 had a furnace, mine, store, gristmill, and plantation at Accokeek; a forge and plantation at North East, Maryland; and a furnace, forge, store, gristmill, and smithy at Principio. Together with the Baltimore Company, started by Maryland investors in 1731, they were the largest American ironmakers in the years before 1760.

The leaders who brought bands of colonists to the northern and middle colonies of British North America, such as John Davenport or Henry Whitfield, were men of learning and substance. They and their followers made education and curiosity about the natural world part of colonial culture. Weather, soil and water resources, and the sea touched nearly every colonist’s life; everyone through the colonial period of necessity lived closer to TECHNOLOGY IN COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA 23 nature than later generations could imagine.

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