The Erie Canal
Westward Expansion Activity By: Lydia R. and Bethany T.
- How it became: It was faster than carts pulled by draft animals, and cut transport costs by about 95%. The canal fostered a population surge in western New York State, opened regions farther west to settlement, and helped New York City become the chief US port.
- Interesting fact: The men who constructed the canal used their bare hands, picks, and shovels, and they were only paid 50 cents each day!
- Legacy: It was the most successful and influential human-built waterway and one of the most important works of cicil engineering and construction in North America.