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The steel plow
Transcript of The steel plow
Before The Steel Plow
Before the steel plow, farmers had difficulty plowing the rich soil as they settled west. Their wooden plows easily broke in the tough soil when used.
Plowing with a wood plow
In 1803, United States signed a treaty called the Louisiana Purchase Treaty and purchased land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The Louisiana Purchase and the War of 1812 led the idea of moving west; Manifest Destiny.
Invention of the steel plow
In 1837, a blacksmith named John Deere accomplished his idea of making a plow made of steel that wasn't rusted and with mold board. The steel plow was also inspired from Deere's previous experimenting with polishing and sharpening needles.
Effect toward moving west
The steel plow helped farmers break through the tough soil in the west land. This enabled farmers to efficiently grow crops and made it easy tomove westward. Today, John Deere's company supplies every possible tool needed for gardening and farming.
Trouble making steel plow
In the beginning, steel was hard to find. Deere made his first plow using second hand metal. Then steel had to be supplied from Great Britain. But, by the end of 1849, Deere's company made 2000 plows a year!
plow that broke the plains
The steel plow symbolized national prosperity and the civilizing of the west.
"The Steel Plow" http://www.iwestk12.il.us/schools/thawville/projects/1800/index_017.html
"John Deere (Inventor)"
"American Westwars Migration" historywired.si.edu/detail.cfm?ID=212