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The Importance of the Agricultural Revolution to the Industrial Revolution

Agricultural Revolution Photo © Shirley Burchill

Agricultural Revolution Photo © Shirley Burchill

Crop yield increased

  • Enough food was available for people in the cities

  • Falling food prices meant more money to spend on consumer goods

  • Healthier population which meant decline in death rate, especially in infants

  • In the 18th century, the population doubled from 5 million to 10 million

Wool yield increased due to better care of animals and selective breeding

  • More wool was available for the textile industry and at less cost

Ready workforce available

  • Peasants were turned off their land by enclosures

  • Families moved into the cities

  • There was much unemployment and many people were looking for work

  • Labour was cheap

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