are inventions like the cotton gin, interchangeable parts and the steamboat part of internal improvements?

Nov 2019
i'm working on a project for my US history class on internal improvements. i'm having trouble distinguishing whether the inventions that i mentioned above part of internal improvements.
is the american system part of internal improvements? or is the other way around? someone please clarify this for me

thanks guys


Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
I think that internal improvements refers to things like roads, canals, railroads, ports, etc.


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
The American System that was supported by Henry Clay in the first half of the 19th century did include a program of internal improvements, mostly the construction of roads, bridges, and canals. At other times, harbor improvements were also considered internal improvements. The American System also included tariffs and a national bank.

The cotton gin, interchangeable parts, and the steamboat were important but are not considered internal improvements.