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From the 1830s the city experienced a sharp growth in industrial production, supported by the arrival of modern transport. The appearance of steamships capable of upstream travel made rapid transportation of goods possible via the River Danube. In 1848 the first steam train arrived in Bratislava. The last major political event in the city under Hungarian rule was a session of the Hungarian Diet in 1847-1848. In March 1848 the Diet voted to abolish serfdom. Emperor Ferdinand V then visited Bratislava and on 11 April 1848 signed and promulgated the so-called March Laws in the Mirror Hall of the Primatial Palace. After this session of the Diet ended the political seat of the Kingdom of Hungary was relocated to Pest, and Bratislava lost much of its political significance.
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