At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, inland transport was by navigable rivers and roads, with coastal vessels
employed to move heavy goods by sea. Railways or wagon ways were used for conveying coal to rivers for further shipment, but
canals had not yet been constructed. Animals supplied all of the motive power on land, with sails providing the motive power
on the sea.
The Industrial Revolution improved Britain’s transport infrastructure with a turnpike road network, a canal and waterway
network and lastly a railway network. These meant that raw materials and finished products could be moved more quickly and
cheaply than before. Improved transportation also allowed new ideas to spread quickly.
The transportation industry provided an important link beetween producers and suppliersand products grown in one area
of the country had to be moved to other markets in the area. Much transportation allowed supply to meet ,also efficient
New methods of road and construction were developed with smoother roads and better buildings everyone was starting to
be happy. Forrests were cleared away from the edges of the roads so that people would not come out of the trees and mug other
people. Also built more canals.
Prior to 1776, the date of hte American Declaration of Independence from Britain, over one-third of Britain's shops were
built in the American colonies. The American shipbuilding industry was known for its quality and productivity, and was rapidly
growing in importance. One American who advance the technology of shipbuilding was Robert Fulton.