Water Mill

Europe

401-500-water-mill.jpgThe water mill begins its diffusion in Western Europe. Water mills eased the work of grinding grain into flour and required far fewer people to produce similar outputs. This was important at the time because population decline (as a result of disease) and decreased dependency on slave labor had led to stark decreases in the labor force. The water mill spreads rapidly throughout Europe in subsequent years.

World Population : 170,060,000

Key:   1,000,000 People    1,000,000 People (Annotated)    Milestone

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