How Water Transportation Would Be Further Revolutionized By The Construction Of Canals

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Water transportation would be further revolutionized by the construction of canals. In 1825, New York opened the Erie Canal, which connected the five Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Northern states like Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Ohio also invested large amounts of money to build a network of canals connecting the Mississippi to the Great Lakes. As a result s, water transportation was much faster and cheaper. By 1827, wheat from central New York State could be bought for less money in Savannah, Georgia, than wheat grown in Georgia. This apparently had a great influence upon New York, stimulating the growth of economy. Such advantages for the North hurt the economies of Southern states such as Georgia, as its prices were no …show more content…

The South, like other slave-based societies, did not construct urban centers for commerce, finance, and industry on a scale rival with those found in the North. Southern cities, instead, were small as they failed to develop diversified economies and rarely engaged in international trade. On the contrary, southern cities primarily engaged in local trade. They marketed and transported cotton or other agricultural crops, supplied local planters and farmers with such necessities as agricultural tools, and produced manufactured goods, such as cotton gins, sold mostly to farmers. Southerners neglect industry and transportation improvements, like the railroads and canals of New York and Pennsylvania, due to the over-reliance on slave-based system. As a result, manufacturing and transportation lagged far behind in comparison to the North . Despite falling further and further behind in respect to economic growth, the south still managed to establish an aggressive sense of nationalism that was entrenched in its belief of its distinguished character and its illusion about oppressing by “enemies”(i.e. the North and blacks). The South began to consider itself more and more as the true guardian of America’s heritage. Southern tourists who ventured into the North viewed it as a “alien and remote land” and

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