Industrial Revolution Timeline
The British Parliament passes the Navigation Acts, designed to give preference to English merchant ships over the Dutch.
David Ramsay receives a patent from the British government for a pump that is driven by heated water that is converted into steam.
Jethro Tull is born. Tull is credited with developing the first seed drill.
English philosopher John Locke writes that governments derive their power from the people.
Thomas Newcomen builds his first steam engine in England.
James Hargreaves invents a new version of the traditional spinning machine.
The first iron rails are introduced in England by Richard Reynolds.
Adam Smith's An Inquiry into...
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Words to Know
- Absolute monarch:
A ruler who is not controlled by law.
A social philosophy that advocates voluntary associations among people as a form of self-government, as opposed to central governments dominated by a monarch or other central figure.
A person learning the basics of a skilled trade, such as masonry (working with brick or stone) or weaving.
Someone who controls land and the people who live on it. Aristocrats generally inherited their positions from their fathers (occasionally from their mothers).
- Assembly line:
A system of manufacturing goods in which many workers, often arranged in different stations along a line, carry out the same precise task over and over on multiple products, as opposed to a single worker carrying out many tasks on one product.
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