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THE ERIE CANAL By: Nora Puryear. REASONS  Geological barriers, ex. Appalachian Mountains  Poor roads  Wanted to expand further with trade.

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1 THE ERIE CANAL By: Nora Puryear

2 REASONS  Geological barriers, ex. Appalachian Mountains  Poor roads  Wanted to expand further with trade

3 ROUTE  Connected to the port of NYC, beginning at the Hudson River, flowing into NY Bay. Then, from Troy, to Rome, through Syracuse and Rochester, to Buffalo on the NE coast of Lake Erie (Rosenberg).

4 DOUBTS  Largest canal at the time only 27 miles.  So many doubted 363 mile canal possible.  Federal government would not fund it.  NYC had to come up with the funds on its own.  (“Erie Canal”)

5 CLINTON’S BIG DITCH  Erie Canal was nicknamed “Clinton’s Big Ditch” after DeWitt Clinton, mayor of NYC, later gov., because of the impact he had on it (“Erie”).

6 HOW THE LOCKS LOOK TODAY

7 PLANS FOR THE LOCKS

8 HOW THE CANAL’S LOCKS LOOKED BACK THEN

9 DEWITT CLINTON  “Gov. Dewitt Clinton at the opening ceremony marking the completion of the Erie Canal ahead of schedule in 1825.” (“The Key Players”)

10 OPENING THE WATERS  Clinton sailed from Buffalo to NYC on the canal and emptied a barrel of Lake Erie Water into the Atlantic Ocean as part of the grand opening of the Canal (“Erie”).

11 WORKERS  The job took thousands of workers, many being European immigrants because the US paid three times more than their home countries would pay for any type of job (Rosenberg).  They had to dig it all by hand.

12 COST  Canal cost $7 million  Federal Government would not fund  NYC had to come up with money on its own  Paid it off by the use of tolls  (Rosenberg)

13 NEW ADVANCEMENTS  New advancements such as the railroads and automobiles basically ended the Erie Canal’s business (Rosenberg).  The canal is now mainly used for recreational reasons.

14 WORKS CITED Information  “Erie Canal.” Infoplease.com. (November 23, 2013)..  “Erie Canal.” Dictionary of American History Encyclopedia.com. (November 23, 2013)..  Rosenberg, Matt. "Erie Canal." About.com. N.p., Web. 22 Nov  "The Key Players." In The Erie Canal. Low Bridge Productions, Web. 24 Nov

15 WORKS CITED Pictures  Sadowski, Frank E., Jr. "Images of the Erie Canal in Syracuse." Erie Canal Images. N.p., Web. 24 Nov  "Tennessee River." Tennessee River. N.p., Web. 24 Nov  “The Erie Canal.” Locks on the Erie Canal Eriecanal.org. (November 23, 2013)..  "The Key Players." In The Erie Canal. Low Bridge Productions, Web. 24 Nov  "Page16." Page16. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Nov


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