- Nov 2010
Yet good old Wiki tells us:I think you don't understand the topic. The cotton gin, spinning mule, etc., which were the type of machine that drove Britain's first period of the Industrial Revolution started in the 1760s relied on New World cotton because of its fine yet stronger fibbers and threads, being thus mechanisable unlike Old World cotton which broke easily. Without New World cotton, mechanisation and industrial production wouldn't have progressed nearly as much and without the rapidity that it did too.
"In 1791, U.S. cotton production was small, at only 900 thousand kilograms (2000 thousand pounds). "
No it wasn't. Whales were hunted to extinction in the Bay of Biscay, for example, even before Columbus sailed.I never said that whales are only from the New World. Obviously Europeans knew whales before Columbus. I'm saying that whale oil, which alongside coal was the earliest source of energy and competed with it since it was used to power a variety of things like lamps, was derived mainly from New World whales. And it was an Arctic phenomenon from the New World, not Europe, unless you're going to tell me the British and the US got their whales fat from Norway and Russia. And yes it predates rubber and petroleum. How is that relevant to my argument when I'm pointing out that it is what allowed the industrialisation of Britain? Indeed, being earlier further helps my point because it's further proof that even the earliest stage of the Industrial Revolution depended on colonial plunder. You're not understanding what is being discussed.