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Shipyards, large industrial areas where ocean-going craft could be constructed, required an enormous investment of labor and infrastructure to create. For this reason, shipyards did not become a salient part of the New World industrial landscape until the late 18th and early 19th centuries. But ships made in the New World, especially in the English colonies, soon became extremely popular. The abundance of resources in the Americas meant ships usually cost a third of what they would in Europe. By the mid-19th century, the New World ships featured prominently in navies and merchant fleets around the world.