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SummaryEdit

Canal from NY to Great Lakes used for trade.

Exact DefinitionEdit

An artificial waterway constructed from 1817 - 1825 that opened huge transport abilities and led to a waterway that goes to the Great Lakes.

Importance Edit

Important because it cut down nearly 95%~ of transportation costs and greatly improved the economy. Provided manufactured goods to settle the Old Northwest, and crops could be shipped back East. Would eventually be succeeded by the railroad, but not for some time.

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