By: Marcus Enriquez
The erie canal affected America by giving the settlers new opputunities and giving the country new avenues for trade.
When the Erie Canal opened in 1825 it gave farmers in the west many different advantages.
The canal literally cut the transport of industrial and agriculture goods by one-third. not only did it cut the transport time but it cut shipping costs by more than 50 percent. Re-stocking for the north was also a lot more easy, because the civil was going on, the union couldn't rely on the south to supply them with the usual crops grown in the south.