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The early colonists found themselves amidst a cornucopia of productive materials. Endless forests and rich mineral deposits made the New World a vast store of industrial wealth, and the European transplants quickly went to work harvesting it. Timber was felled up and down the eastern seaboard as log cabins and wooden manors rose from their foundations. Great swathes of earth were shifted to reach the rich minerals hidden within the bowels of the New World. Before long, an industrial society arose and the New World became a hotbed of production. Because of the sheer abundance of materials, the price of goods from the New World was a mere fraction of what it was in the Old. Before long, the colonies were among the most important industrial centers on the planet.