Thanks to the factory system, goods were produced faster and in larger quantities. In order to make more money, people needed to find a new way to send and receive goods faster. This called for a change in Britain’s transportation system.
In the late 18th century, canals were built to connect major manufacturing centers with seaports. A packhorse could move 1,000 lbs by road, and 100,000 lbs by canal. There were roads in Britain as well. Goods were slowly transported on the roads by horses. In order to travel from one town to another, people rode stagecoaches and carrier carts. The use of roads was soon replaced by the railroads system. Steam- powered locomotives reduced the time and costs of transporting goods.
Note: This is a summary of the transportation revolution (since we already covered most of it in class)
Now let’s move on to the transportation revolution in America! (scroll down)