Context: Automobiles in the Early 1900's
The first automobiles developed were very loud and smelled vile. In 1908, there were only about seven automobiles on Prince Edward Island. Almost everyone hated automobiles at first, because horses were afraid of them. Horses were afraid of automobiles because of the smell and the sound that they made. Horses would be able to smell an automobile before it got to the horse's location. Horses also didn't want to go to certain areas when the smell of fuel was in that area.
Automobiles were developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were banned in Prince Edward Island in 1908 for five years. P.E.I. was the only place in North America to ban automobiles. The ban was because the automobiles scared the horses. The complete ban of automobiles in P.E.I. was removed in 1913, but people could only drive automobiles on certain days and on certain roads. They were allowed to drive on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Thursdays, which meant that people could not drive automobiles on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. (Tuesdays and Fridays were market days.)
Automobiles became more popular during the first World War because they were one of the newest things in the war and important for transporting troops. The War caused the ban on automobiles to be lifted completely, and they could be driven on all days of the week. After the war, people realized that automobiles were an easier way to get around, so they started to like them more.
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