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By Carroll Pursell

A spouse to American expertise is a groundbreaking number of unique essays that research the hard-to-define phenomenon of “technology” in the United States.

  • 22 unique essays through specialist students hide an important good points of yankee know-how, together with advancements in autos, tv, and computing
  • Analyzes the ways that applied sciences are geared up, akin to within the engineering occupation, executive, medication and agriculture
  • Includes discussions of ways applied sciences have interaction with race, gender, classification, and different organizing constructions in American society

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A Companion to American Technology

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Weather, soil and water resources, and the sea touched nearly every colonist’s life; everyone through the colonial period of necessity lived closer to TECHNOLOGY IN COLONIAL NORTH AMERICA 23 nature than later generations could imagine. The tradition of liberal education – Harvard College in Massachusetts was founded in 1636; William and Mary in Virginia in 1693 – led men to a close study of their environment. New York Governor Francis Lovelace initiated the first regular inter-colonial postal service with monthly round trips by a rider to Boston in 1673.

The next year, British investors financed construction of a blast furnace and finery for the Principio works, located near the head of Chesapeake Bay. They inaugurated a new era of American ironmaking that would make the British North American colonies the world’s third largest iron producers by 1770. The Principio entrepreneurs added a blast furnace on Augustine Washington’s land at Accokeek, Virginia, and by 1736 had a furnace, mine, store, gristmill, and plantation at Accokeek; a forge and plantation at North East, Maryland; and a furnace, forge, store, gristmill, and smithy at Principio.

The founders of South Carolina, many of whom came from colonies in the West Indies, chose rice cultivation with labor by indentured servants as the basis of their economy. After 1700, they increasingly relied on the knowledge and skills of slaves brought from the rice-growing regions of West Africa. Because rice offered them economies of scale, South Carolinians concentrated production in large units – plantations – that could be managed by professional overseers, leaving the owners free to reside elsewhere during oppressive parts of the year.

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