Have you ever bought a can of peas or ravioli? Did you wonder about it’s container and what would happen without them? The tin can was invented in 1810, by a man named Peter Durand. Durand’s invention has been used from the 1800s, to present day, and they are used for many reasons. With the smallest invention came one of the biggest impacts on the food industry in all of history. To begin with, Peter Durand was born October 21st, 1766, and he died in 1822. He was born and raised in Britain, and became a merchant as a young adult. Durand actually claimed that the idea of the tin can came from a friend abroad, and he just added his own ideas as a merchant to improve it. Peter Durand was somewhat of a one trick pony, due to the fact that his only invention was the tin can, and throughout his life, it was one of his only accomplishments. With his legacy of food preservation, he paved the path for easier shipment of perishable food products such as meats and vegetables (Barksdale). The tin can is used the same way as it was when it was first invented, to preserve food products. Over time different metals and sizes have been used, but it generally has stayed the same in the way it is used. The tin can was actually invented due to a 12,000 franc award to whoever could find a way to preserve food (“History of the Can”). Peter Durand said that he got the idea from a friend from abroad, so he tested it out, hoping that it would get him that reward. After the tests failed, he added some ideas of his own, which in the end worked out well. One of the final tests Durand performed was placing canned goods on a ship for six months, to see if the food would stay in good condition until the end of the trip, and in fact, it did (Barksdale). Lastly, the impact of the tin can is much larger than one would expect. Before it was invented, it was extremely hard to ship goods like meat and crops efficiently. Industries could not make nearly as much money because they could not sell to far away buyers (Geoghegan). When it was invented, industries got a substantial increase in their consumer reach. The invention started in Britain, then moved to the rest of the world in no time, giving the whole world a more efficient way to ship goods. In present days, the tin can is still largely used throughout the world (Muston). People stock shelters, preserve foods, and use them in many other unconventional ways. Throughout history, the tin can has, and still is, making a huge impact on the world.In conclusion, the tin can was invented by a man named Peter Durand. He invented the tin can in 1810, and it has revolutionized trade throughout the world. Without the this invention, we would not have efficient ways of preserving foods for long periods of time. It started in Britain, then moved throughout the world in no time, making the trading of perishable goods much easier and more efficient. So the next time you pick up a tin can and the store, think about what life would be like without them, and how much such a little thing actually affects your life.