Although, as we have seen, America relied heavily upon British technology, she also developed an industrial technology possessing certain special features which distinguished it from the technology which had been developed earlier in Great Britain. These features were so special that, by the first half of the 1850s, they were beginning to be admired and borrowed without reservation by Great Britain, already known as “the workshop of the world.” Indeed, the British themselves coined the phrase “The American System of Manufacturing” to describe the new technology.