Industrial Revolution

  • Seed Drill

    Seed Drill
    Jethro Tull noticed that the usual way of sowing seed by scattering it across the ground was wasteful. Many of the seeds failed to take root, so to solve the problem Tull invented the seed drill. It allowed farmers to sow seeds in well spaced rows of specific depths.
  • Crop Rotation

    Crop Rotation
    Charles Townshed created the process of crop rotation. It was proved to be one of the best developments by scientific farmers. The process improved upon older methods of crop rotation. Overall the soild was better and crops grew.
  • Flying Shuttle

    Flying Shuttle
    John Kay made a shuttle that sped back and forth on wheels. This shuttle was a boat shaped piece of wood where yarn was attached. This invention doubled the work a weaver could do in a day.
  • Steam Engine

    Steam Engine
    James Watt figured out a way to make the steam engine work faster and more efficiently while burning less fuel.
  • Locomotive

    Richard Trevithick won a bet of several thousand dollars. He did this by having ten tons of iron over nearly ten miles of track in steam driven locomotive. Other British engineers soon built improved versions of Trevithick's locomotive.
  • Steamboat

    Robert Fulton ordered a steam engine from Boulton and Watt. He built a steamboat called the Clermont. The Clermont later ferried passengers up and down New York's Hudson River.
  • Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell had been interested in the education of deaf people. This interest lead him to invent the microphone and the "electrical speech machine" which we now call the telephone.
  • Airplane

    The Wright Brothers invented the Wright Flyer. It became the first powered, heavier than air machine to chieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. It flew forward without losing speed and landed at a point as high as that from which it started.