Why Did Great Britain Industrialize First

Why did Great Britain take the lead in the Industrial Revolution?

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Technology also determined Britain to be the leader in the industrial revolution.  With the advent of machinery that cold process raw cotton into textiles, industry spread across the major cities of the British Isles, fed by the resources and cash crops of the New World colonies, including the former colonies of the United States.

In the US, Britain became our best market for cotton because of this, and we also were able to successfully copy their machinery designs and bring industry to the United States, particularly in the northeast.

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The Industrial Revolution was a time when the world's economy started to be more industrialized -- things came to be made in factories rather than by individual artisans.

Great Britain took the lead in this largely because of geography.  Great Britain was lucky enough to have large deposits of coal that could be used to power the steam engines that ran the machinery.  And it had many rivers that could be used to transport the coal to the factories and the finished goods from the factories to the places where they would be sold.

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