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IN CONTEXT

Focus

The Industrial Revolution

Before

1776 Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is published.

1781 Watts’s first rotating steam engine is invented; the world’s first iron bridge is built at Coalbrookdale, England.

1805 The Grand Junction Canal, between Birmingham and London, is completed.

1825 The world’s first commercial steam-powered railway, linking Stockton and Darlington, opens.

After

1855 The Bessemer furnace is introduced.

1869 The first transcontinental railroad is completed in the US.

1885 The first practical petrol-driven internal-combustion engine is installed in a motor vehicle, in Germany.

On September 15, 1830, the world’s first commercial ...

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