How did steel make its mark on the world
The Iron Age: The Iron Age marks the advent of iron and steel production, first recorded in the ancient Near East in about 2000 BCE.
Damascus steel: The Near East witnessed the manufacture of what came to be called Wootz.
Appearance of blast furnaces: The development of blast furnaces is credited to the Chinese, in the 6th century BCE.
Crucible steel: The medieval era also saw the manufacture of crucible steel—steel made by melting pig iron (cast iron), iron.
Bessemer process: Another English inventor and engineer, Henry Bessemer (1813–1898), developed the first process.
Bessemer converter: The Bessemer converter allowed the removal of impurities from the iron by oxidation with air.
Sheffield, England: By the mid-19th century, Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England, was known as "Steel City.
Carnegie Steel Company: In 1875, the Edgar Thompson Steel Works was founded, operated under the auspices of the Carnegie Steel Company.
Homestead Strike: Incidentally, the Carnegie Steel Company was embroiled in one of the most infamous strikes in American labor history.
Growth of the American steel industry: By 1880, annual steel production across the nation was approximately 1.25 million tons; by 1910.