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Impact of the Erie Canal
A look at the impact of the Erie Canal on the development of the United States.
# 135491 | 750 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in History (U.S. After 1865) , History (U.S. Before 1865)

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The paper discusses how the Canal was a tremendous boon to the regional economy, fostering the growth that made New York City the commercial capital of the nation. The paper describes how it played a similarly influential role in the second Great Awakening and also shaped the political landscape for the entire ante bellum period, creating a working alliance between the North and the Midwest against the South.

From the Paper:

"Economically, the Erie Canal proved a remarkable boon to inland trade for the United States. Suddenly, merchants from New York could ship goods into the interior easily and cheaply, and farmers and producers in the interior could get their products to the great port of New York. This economic connection between the North and the Midwest quickly fostered a political connection as this great northern belt became a rising force in national politics, with its growth quickly outstripping the growth of the South, which had north-south transit along various rivers, but was not able to develop an East-West route to rival the Erie Canal during this period..."

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