The steam engine was the most significant social and economical change in the 1800s. This was how they used to look back when they where first invented. This changed people directly by allowing them to travel safer.
This one of the three inventors of the steam engine the other inventors where Thomas Savery (1650-1715)
Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729)
The steam Engine may be used to power an engine by spinning a turbine or by pushing pitons, Huge turbines drive electric generators and giant ships suck as the steam boat. They can be small and big.
The first steam engine was invented by Thomas Savery in 1712 he used the steam engine to power ships and train to help people to travel more quickly and safely.
The steam engine happened around 1698-1800s. This change occurred because they need a way for people to travel more safely and more quickly. Other things that where happening at the time was the westward expansion and people ned a faster way to travel.
This effected teh South more because people that where in the south need to travel west and the only way to do that was by wagon or walking so when the steam boat and using steam t power trains was a better way to travel.
This effected the westward expansion because it gave people a safer and quicker way to travel to the west and allowed more people to travel there at once.