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The 18th century brought about many changes to European countries Advancements in science technology and engineering brought about an improvement in living conditions to the widespread area The improved living conditions induced an increase of population by the millions From 1750-1800 the English population grew from 6 to 9 million and the French population grew from 19 to an enormous increase of 26 million Stricter sanitation came about decreasing the amount of disease drastically Food became cheaper because of increased purchases Items that once considered luxuries became necessities Sugar chocolate coffee tea and furs changed into household items instead of extravagances only the very wealthy could afford Even the poor were able to afford new vegetables such as potatoes and carrots and cotton and linen clothing The increase in population also brought about the demanding for the increase of goods In order to meet the needs of the countries vendors store owners and merchants were forced into large scale production of their merchandise The creation of factories came about by retailers struggling to meet the requirements of the masses surrounding them The formation of power driven machinery was launched in order to compete with others The machinery turned out products by the thousands or even millions depending on the needs of the country The first factories were relatively small in scale but there were also large employers who had a few thousand The factory system destroyed the great majority of old hand trades because the desire for hand crafted materials was decreased due to the expense and the slow creation process Some farmers abandoned their farming because of the changing conditions and began working at factories for low wages The Industrial Revolution brought about a new way of distributing goods It made production quicker more efficient and cost effective All people thought the advancements made created a better environment surrounding them but the workers in the factories were frequently plagued
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