The War of 1812

Start Your Free Trial

How did the War of 1812 affect economic development in the postwar period?

Expert Answers info

Newell Kautzer eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write738 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

At the end of the War of 1812, a significant boom occurred in the growth of industrialization, and thus the economy, throughout the United States. Prior to the war of 1812, over 90% of the country was agriculturally and rurally-based. However, the 25 years following the end of the War of 1812 resulted in an ever-increasing change towards an industrialized society. During this time period, the United States experienced the development of steamboats, canals, and railroads, which significantly changed how transportation occurred. Previously, transportation of goods, mail, and persons relied mainly on travel by foot and horse-drawn carriage. With the development of steamboats, canals, and railroads, entirely new and significantly faster forms of transportation became available. Goods, people, and communication were able to cross the country at record speeds.

Following this expansion of transportation came the first real growth of cities, as markets expanded for industrial and agricultural...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 869 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Michael Ugulini eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2012

write607 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Business, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

pohnpei397 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write35,413 answers

starTop subjects are History, Literature, and Social Sciences

check Approved by eNotes Editorial