Innovation on American Soil

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Over the course of the past 250 years, the United States has proven that it is a world leader. It has shown that all you need in order to make something great of your life is grit, spit, and determination. Decade after decade, century after century, America has continually astounded the international community with its creative and forward-thinking might. With many of the most commonly used pieces of technology having their origins in the United States, it is safe to say that every generation of America has changed the world with their brilliant minds.
Innovating on American soil actually began long before America did. “On March 6, 1646, Joseph Jenckes received the first mechanical patent in North America. Issued by the General Court of Massachusetts, it protected his mill for manufacturing scythes” (“US Patent History”). This was the first time an authority in North America had granted exclusive rights to the design and manufacturing of a product. Jenckes’ patent covered a scythe, which he had improved by adjusting its dimensions to increase support. This made for a better experience while using the tool (Dobyns 11). At first, the rate at which patents for new inventions were filed for was slow. But as time went on, and more and more people began immigrating to the New World, the rate increased. Eventually, in July of 1776, representatives of the thirteen British-American colonies convened on Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Over the course of a few days,
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