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National Road

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Definition: Also known as the Cumberland Road, it was the first federal highway. It stretched from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois. It was created by an act of Congress in 1806 and built between 1811 and 1852. The National Road was the main route to the West for eastern settlers for a great many years.

Related Resources:
The New Nation
Find out more about the period between the signing of the Constitution and the year 1800.

Exploration and Settlement of the United States
Maps and more!

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Making of the National Road
This awesome site gives you great details, great pictures, and easy-to-read facts!

History Magazine: The National Road
Learn more about the famous roadway.

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