How did access to oceans and rivers help the progress of industrialization in Britain?
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There is probably a list of answers. One would be the opening of oceans and rivers allowed them to ship what they made to other places and also receive materials needed in their processes.
Just guessing, the first source of power for machinery was the water wheel - running machines by water power before electricity was readily available. Also, you should consider the movement of products to market by boat before better transportation was developed. The Southern US used the rivers, especially the Mississippi to move cotton required for markets overseas in Britain before the Civil War. It was the cheapest way to move agricultural product - by water.
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