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Lumber accelerates production.
From the vast woods of New England and the Pacific Northwest to the seemingly endless rainforests of Brazil, lumber was a resource that was extremely easy to come by in the New World. For almost three hundred years, while Europe developed their economies on wind, water and coal power, the colonies of the New World heated their homes, powered their forges and eventually drove their steam engines almost exclusively on wood. Lumber was similarly indispensable in the physical creation of colonial society. Homes in the English colonies of North America were almost entirely built from wood, simply because of the sheer abundance of the material.