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The path towards the formation of the United States of America was blazed by the influence of and innovations in travel during early years Transportation played a vital role in the lives of all residents of North America in this time period Beginning in the 1700s however the impact began to grow as new inventive innovations in travel helped to shape the way Americans were getting from place to place These innovations included changes in the shipping industry the slave trade the invention of the submarine the application of pack animals and the widespread introduction of wagons Shipping the transportation of goods and products over water was a major form of rudimentary travel in colonial and earlier American times Travel by sea although not by far the oldest form of transportation was one of the most important Although the basic construction of most ships remained the same for the three centuries past Columbus arrival Groliers 1997 the shipping industry changed drastically Shipping in the US began when Jamestown was first founded Encarta 1998 The colonists needed supplies and since they could not yet provide for themselves goods were imported As colonization flourished so did the ports New England quickly got their foot in the door as the port of America due to their natural bays and inviting shipping areas The American Colonies graced with benign neglect essentially learned how to walk in the world economy Shipping was on the rise through the American Revolution Ships allowed man to travel across seas and oceans at rates that were unheard of at the time While it had not really been altered shipping had a dynamic impact on the colonies and their fate on the continent Boats however were not only being used to ship products they were shipping people too The slave trade took people from their native lands and forced them into labor abroad hence forcing them to travel The first of the slaves from
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