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Industrial and Transportation Revolution: Causes & Effects

Vocabulary Definitions
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Who's who?
Words you need to know
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Industrial and Technological Developments
Geography/ Roads, Canals, and Railroads
Cotton and Cotton Gin
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Vocabulary Definitions

Industrial Revolution- change from an agrarian society to one based on industry which began in Great Britain and spread to United States around 1800


Capital- money used for investment


Technology- the application of scientific discoveries to practical use


Cotton Gin- simple machine that quickly and efficiently removed cottonseeds from fiber


Patent- this gives inventor the sole legal right to an invention and its profits for a certain period of time


Factory System- system that brings manufacturing steps together in one place to increase efficiency


Interchangeable parts- uniform pieces that can be made in large quantities to replace other identical pieces


American System- The American system had three main parts: A protective tariff that would protect American businesses, a plan of internal development, and a national bank. The protective tariff would present the government with money for the construction of roads and canals. The internal development would help encourage trade. The national bank would help unite the country with one currency.


Canal- artificial waterway


Locks- separate compartments where water levels were raised or lowered


American System- included a protective tariff to stimulate the growth of the nation’s industries


Turnpikes- toll roads

Corduroy roads- this type of road consisted of logs laid side by side to accommodate muddy land

Consolidation-the practice of combining separate companies

Standard gauge- the width of the railroad track (4 feet 8.5 inches)

Rebate- discount or return of part of a payment

Pools- a group sharing in some activity