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Erie Canal

Definition: One of the longest of the great American canals built in the 19th Century. The Erie Canal extends from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, at Buffalo. The idea was to get goods back and forth from the Great Lakes to New York City (via the Hudson River, which connected with the Erie Canal). The Canal was built between 1817 and 1825 and had paid for itself within 10 years. The building of the Canal also helped settle Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other states on the Great Lakes.

Related Resources:
The Trials and Successes of the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal, a pet project of New York's DeWitt Clinton, took many years to build and cost lots of money but was ultimately a huge success, one of America's best-known waterways.

The 19th Century
Get a glimpse of what life was like in the exciting 1800s.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Erie Canal Home Page
Get an overview of the great story that this really was.

The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History
Great site has stories, photos, songs, and more!

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