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Cotton succeeded as an industry in Manchester for two reasons. The River Irwell connected Manchester as the center of the Northwest region, allowing industry to transport its goods efficiently. As a result, businesses built their factories along the banks of the Irwell. In addition, Manchester had a rich tradition of spinning cotton for centuries before the Industrial Revolution, so businessmen wanted to take advantage of local knowledge to build their spools in the factories and increase their profits. As Manchester’s cotton industry boomed, it became the first truly industrial city north of London, and thousands flocked from around the United Kingdom for work...
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