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Steam: The Untold Story of America’s First Great Invention
In 1790, the world’s first commercial steamboat ca

Our Price: $15.00
By Andrea Sutcliffe (au)
Year: 2004
Pages: 272
Binding Paperback
ISBN 1-4039-6899-3

Product Code: 1422364402

In 1790, the world’s first commercial steamboat carried passengers between Phila. & Trenton. Its inventor was not Robert Fulton -- he wouldn’t launch his steamboat for another 17 years -- but a silversmith from Connecticut named John Fitch. Three years earlier, Fitch built the first American steam engine compact & powerful enough to propel a boat, which he mounted on an oar-propelled vessel. Soon, he & a rival steamboat inventor  began a bitter fight for patent rights. Their battle led to the first U.S. patent act, one of the first laws of the new republic. This book tells the two-decade saga of America’s first significant venture in technology, from Fitch to Fulton, & of the forgotten men whose perseverance helped move the young nation westward. Illus.

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