The Old Steamboats

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The Old Steamboats

A better version of the steam engine was created in 1769 by a man named James Watt.  The improved engine helped to bring about the Industrial Revolution and other inventors soon realized they could use steam power to move boats.

In 1787, John Fitch tested a steamboat on the Delaware River with success.  Larger steamboats were built to transport cargo as well as passengers.  These steamboats are still used even today.