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How did railroad and trains changed America?

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Luis Diaz

on 5 December 2012

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How did railroads and trains changed America? Trains helped the expansion of people settling in the west. Before the train, it was a long journey made by horseback and wagons pulled by horses. With trains, however, people were able to travel to the west in a matter of hours instead of days, weeks, or months. Goods Trains also allowed things like meat, and other fresh products to be delivered across the country, whereas before the meats and other fresh products would spoil before it could make the trip. This helped to stimulate new trade and economic growth in other parts of the country which otherwise did not have these items. Time One other key thing is the introduction of the standard time system we use now, and time zones. Before trains, people used a solar time system, which was based on the position of the sun, but with trains, people were able to now travel through the time zones in a matter of hours, which caused problems. Before trains, it was impossible to travel such distances in short amounts of time, so the solar time system worked fine. Once trains were introduced, however, they had to come up with a solution, that solution was the introduction of the 4 time zones, and the standard system of time.
Economy The Transcontinental Railroad created a Nationwide transportation network that united the Nation. This network replaced the wagon trains of previous decades which became useless. It allowed for the transportation of larger quantities of goods over longer distances. This was especially helpful for the industrial north at the time. While the nation was still divided due to the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad helped unify the nation eventually making it a super power. Commerce increased between the states allowing over 50 million dollars worth of cargo to be shipped every year from 1869-1879. Goods from Asia and raw materials from the West were shipped to the East faster than ever. The West began to catch up with the Eastern way of life as many more people could now move west and the products of the manufacturing boom were shipped to the West. Negative The only negative effects that i can think of would be that it definitely polluted our environment, and that it took a lot of money away from the country's budget to build railroads and purchase and produce locomotives. Resources People The Americans
2008 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
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