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On this day in American History, February 11, 1809, Robert Fulton invented the steamboat ferry. He later helped created the first commercial steamboat ferry, The North River Steamboat.
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February 11 – Robert Fulton Invents the Steamboat Ferry
February 11, 1809, marks the date that Robert Fulton invented the steamboat ferry. Fulton patented his idea in New York, and developed the first commercial steamboat ferry, The North River Steamboat, two years later.
1.) The idea for the steamboat actually started with the idea of powering a submarine. Watch this short video about the early plans of Robert Fulton.
2.) Now, watch this interesting short video on the beginnings of the steamboat and the great advances it allowed.
3.) In the second video, the commentator uses the word ‘monopoly’ several times to describe the New York waters. Write the definition of ‘monopoly’ in your Notebook of Knowledge, including the part of speech. Use the word ‘monopoly’ in a sentence of your own, describing Mr. Fulton’s steamboat.
4.) Brainstorm ways that the steamboat changed the way people lived using these prompts: How could it affect business and trade? How could it affect everyday families? How could it affect jobs? Record your brainstorm list in your notebook.
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Each day, I share an interesting event that occurred in our nation’s past. You will learn about famous Americans, interesting inventions and their patents, American art and music, and more.
You will also find suggested activities – labeled “To do” – if you would like to research this during your homeschool’s group time in the morning, or you can assign the activities for your children to work on independently.
If you think you will do more than one day of On This Day in American History, I would encourage you to have your child keep what I call a Notebook of Knowledge. A spiral notebook or sheets of paper stapled together is more than adequate!
Have your child write the day’s event and the date at the top of his paper. If there are writing activities, have him use his best composition, grammar, and penmanship as he completes the answers. After just a few weeks or even a month, he will have an excellent resource to read through!
If you would like to use this resource throughout the month, you might be interested in purchasing the full February Calendar. It contains:
- Access to the webpage with all of the February events listed, including all suggested activities for each daily event.
- A .pdf of the February Calendar, listed in chronological order with all suggested activities
- All necessary downloads to complete the assigned activities. These same downloads are linked on the webpage, however, they are also included here for easy access.
- The answers to any questions asked in the daily activities.
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