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Where did the Industrial Revolution begin?


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April 16, 2012 11:51PM

Textiles and the World of Factories

The Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain and it started textiles. Cloth is another name for textiles. Cloth was first created by hand, but man could not keep up with the rising demand for more and more cloth. There were many advancements in the textile industry that took production from man-made to machine made. Following are three of these inventions:

  • Flying Shuttle- A British inventor created this. It was a machine on a roller used to weave cloth. It reduced the time needed to weave cloth in half.

  • Spinning Jenny- This was invented by James Hargreaves in 1764. It made it possible for a person to spin numerous threads at the same time.

  • Cotton Gin- The workers in Great Britain used cotton from America, but the cotton was hard to clean. In 1793, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin which greatly increased the amount of cotton that could be cleaned in a short time.