The Industrial North
In the late 18th century and early 19th century, economic expansion induced the building of canals to speed goods to market. Canals improved transportation but their glory was shortly lived. In the 19th century the expansion of railroads provided a quick, scheduled, and year-round mode of transportation. Railroads were better than water routes in that they provided year-round service and provided a safer type of transportation. The revolution in transportation in the 19th-century had a big contribution to economic growth.