History:In the 1880’s Remington, the rifle people, needed a new line of business. They decided to start manufacturing those newfangled “type-writing machines” (“typewriter” originally meant the person, not the machine; same for “computer”.)
But the early machines were klunky and jammed too easily when users began to get speedy with practice. Remington decided to shuffle the keyboard to slow people down. Thus was QWERTY invented. In addition, they held a publicity contest to find the longest word that could be typed using only the top row of letters. It’s not a coincidence the word was “typewriter”.