The History of Transportation

Communities in the past were often far apart. Also, transportation was very slow. So, people made new types of transportation. In the 1700s, the steamboat was invented. Unlike other boats, it moved by steam, not paddles. People could travel faster than before.

Next, British people invented trains in the early 1800s. Then, they opened the first public railroad. With trains, people could easily move things on land. Soon, many communities grew
along railroads.

Later, Karl Benz made the first car in 1885. It only had three wheels. People could drive themselves anywhere. They could also live outside cities and drive to work. In 1903, the Wright brothers created the first airplane. These days, millions of people travel by airplane every day.



1. What is this passage mainly about?

2. When was the steamboat invented?

3. When trains were invented, many communities grew along _____.

4. How many wheels did the first car have?

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