How did the steam engine affect people in the United States?  

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The steam engine affected people throughout the United States in many ways. Western farmers could ship products much quicker on boats using the steam engine. It was also possible for people to travel much quicker using boats. This was important, as travel in the West was difficult.

The steam engine helped our factories grow. With the steam engine, factories could locate in any area. They no longer needed to be located by water. The steam engine helped to increase the number of jobs available in the factories. This helped people, especially people living in the North, find work.

The steam engine helped our country grow and our economy grow. The steam engine was used to power our railroads. This made it easier for people to move to the West. As more people moved westward, businesses also moved westward to meet the increased demand for products. Thus, our economy benefited from the steam engine. With the development of the transcontinental railroad, and as railroads expanded into the South, our country also began to grow.

The steam engine had a positive impact on our country.