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Geography, Timing, and Technology: A GIS-Based Analysis of Pennsylvania's Iron Industry, 1825 1875

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  • KNOWLES, ANNE KELLY
  • HEALEY, RICHARD G.
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    This article examines key questions about the development of Pennsylvania s mid-nineteenth-century iron industry. The analysis is based on new data and exhaustive examination of previously underutilized sources within the framework of a geographic information system (GIS). Hypotheses are tested on the timing of adoption of mineral-fuel technologies across the state; the temporal relationships between investment in ironworks, business cycles, and tariff policy; the substitutability of different types and qualities of iron; how transport costs affected iron prices; and the geographical segmentation of iron markets in the antebellum period. The findings reveal complex and dynamic patterns of regional economic development.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal The Journal of Economic History.

    Volume (Year): 66 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 03 (September)
    Pages: 608-634

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jechis:v:66:y:2006:i:03:p:608-634_00

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