Westward Expansion: America's Push to the Pacific: The Erie Canal, 1st Edition

  • Jeanne Nagle
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  • ISBN-10: 1680487663
  • ISBN-13: 9781680487664
  • DDC: 386.480974
  • Grade Level Range: 5th Grade - 9th Grade
  • 48 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released January 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Following the American Revolutionary War, distance and difficult terrain made the western frontier of the newly formed United States seem like a world apart from the thirteen Atlantic-seaboard colonies. To better preserve the union, as well as advance the country's fledgling independent economy, a group of statesmen proposed building a canal that would connect these unified yet disparate locations. At first considered a "folly," the Erie Canal wound up achieving those lofty goals and more. Readers uncover the reasons and strategies behind the building of the canal, and the ways in which this crucial waterway facilitated U.S. westward expansion.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Westward Ho!.
2: Digging in: Building the Canal.
3: Getting Results.
4: The Fate of the Canal.
For Further Reading.