The Homestead Act | How the Wild West Was Won with Ray Mears
Ray visits old sod-houses built during the Homestead Act. The scheme encouraged families to grow crops off the Plains with land given to them by the government.Tweet
Canals | Learning Zone
In the 1770s canals linked the country, carrying goods cheaply and efficiently. Without them it is hard to see how the Industrial Revolution could have happened.
Roads | Learning Zone
In 1706 Parliament passed the Turnpike Act which allowed private road builders to build new roads and charge tolls for using them. It was a first, important step towards the road transport network we know in Britain today.