The Invention of the Automobile

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I have chosen this topic because I absolutely love cars and am astonished by them. It may seem out of place for me to say this because I am a girl but I always wondered who came up with the idea of building the 1st automobile and how its changed during the time of history? What kind of people used what kind of cars? And how important it is and was during the time it was 1st introduced to the world? I know that now almost anyone who is physically capable of driving wants to and does drives. To some it's a trill to drive, especially teenagers, and to others who have been driving most their lives are sick and tired of it.

I don't know a single person that knows who actually invented the automobile. First of all that question cannot be answered with only one simple answer because more then one person invented the automobile.

I'm sure you're interested in finding out too so buckle your seat belt because here we go.....

The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile took place worldwide, from 1769-1950's (approximate) It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile. However, there are many "starters" that started the process. The first theoretical plans for a motor vehicle have been drawn up by both Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton. In 1769-1770, the very first self-propelled road vehicle was a military tractor invented by French engineer and mechanic, Nicolas Joseph Cugnot (1725 - 1804). Cugnot used a steam engine to power his vehicle, built under his instructions at the Paris Arsenal by mechanic Brezin. It was used by the French Army to haul artillery at the speed of...