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Why was there Industrial Revolution in Britain?

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Why Was There Industrial Revolution In Britain? There are several reasons for the industrial revolution in Britain. Technology, Trading, The Population, the British Empire and their supply of coal, are the main factors. They all link together, in one way or another. The British Empire began in the West Indies and America, trading sugar and tobacco. The British Empire then went on the include countries like India, Canada and Australia. A new market was created for British goods abroad. This meant that lots of new factories were needed to create all the produce. This opened up lots of new jobs. The West Indies provided 2/3 of the cotton for Britain's mills in 1780.1/3 of Manchester's textiles were exported to Africa and 1/2 to the West Indies in 1770.These figures prove how important the overseas trading was. ...read more.


The depths of the industrial revolution also saw the first canal, The Bridgewater canal, be built in 1776. Canals were very useful as they could transport all the produce abroad. The raw materials that Britain produced were a very important factor of the Industrial Revolution. We needed the materials to make iron and steel, which then went on to make machines and railways, which, considering the ever growing population, was important and needed. We also mined lots of coal, which drove the steam engines that powered the machinery in all the factories, this meaning, that because more machinery could be used, more jobs became available, encouraging more people to move to Britain. ...read more.


In amongst the many people that immigrated to and were born in Britain, there was several great inventors and industrialists that created many of the things that we, today, use in everyday life. The only problem with this was that a lot of money went into developing new inventions and if they weren't popular, then a lot of money was wasted on inventing a failure. One of the most important inventions was the steam engine. This was run by coal, which meant that people needed to mine it. This enticed people looking for jobs to Britain. In my opinion, I don't see that anything specifically caused the Industrial revolution, but there was just several triggers that set the whole thing going, none necessarily more important or crucial than others, but all equal. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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