Artificial Waterways And Commercial Development; (with A History Of The Erie Canal) by Alonzo Barton Hepburn

Artificial Waterways And Commercial Development; (with A History Of The Erie Canal)

byAlonzo Barton Hepburn

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1909. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE CANAL SYSTEM OF NEW YORK I The Period Of Inception The value, nay the imperative need, of artificial connections between the inland lakes and rivers of the United States and the streams emptying into the Atlantic Ocean, impressed itself upon the far-seeing men of the days before the Revolution, when the migration of the most venturesome of the population toward the West began. Particularly in New York was this the case; for thriving settlements had sprung into existence along the banks of her beautiful rivers. Albany was already a place of considerable importance, and the valley of the Mohawk boasted a number of hamlets. As early as 1724, Cadwallader Colden, Surveyor General, subsequently Lieutenant Governor of the colony, after an exploration of a part of the region, pictured a future "scene of inland navigation such as cannot be paralleled in any other part of the world." Gouverneur Morris, as early as 1777, predicted the eventual union of the waters of the Lakes with those of the Hudson and the Atlantic. George Washington, with the practical appreciation of an engineer and surveyor, began, immediately after the close of the Revolutionary War, to urge the utilization of the unique facilities which Nature had, it would seem, so peculiarly adapted to the purpose in view. Nowhere did the natural barriers presented by the Appalachian range of mountains between the seaboard and the vast territory to the west, so readily offer a way as that to be found in New York State; the Hudson River, carrying tide water through a mountain cleft for a distance of 150 miles; its tributary, the Mohawk, extending westward almost to the smaller lakes, which practically formed a chain to the great inland sea, Ontario, and brought one within comparatively short distance o...

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Title:Artificial Waterways And Commercial Development; (with A History Of The Erie Canal)Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217440630

ISBN - 13:9780217440639

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