"No. There were social, intellectual and industrial developments ultimately giving rise to the Industrial Revolution long before Cromwell. The mercantile and proto-capitalist development of the City of London (and other cities of England) was visible by the time of Q. Elizabeth I. This included productive as well as, importantly, financial expertise: availability of finance was an important element of industrial development. Foreign trade was also growing world-wide in that period, and that too was an essential contributing factor. It was at that time too that useful technical developments occurred. The first knitting machine was invented then (1589). English shipwrights pioneered the new-style galleon: faster, more weatherly and more manoeuvrable than the old-style ships. This design, the ancestor of the full-fledged square-rigged sailing ship of the 18th/19thC, was one of the world's great innovations: it gave (by 16thC standards) speedy and reliable access to the rest of the world. It heralded the full-scale opening up of the American and far Eastern trade routes - both important to the Industrial Revolution by generating finance and providing raw materials. The development of the Protestant religion, also held to be important as an ideological driving force behind the Industrial Revolution, was in place well before Q. Elizabeth's time (Martin Luther died 1546). In fact it would be truer to say that the whole Puritan ascendancy (including Cromwell) was riding on the back of developments already in place. Hope this helps."
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