The Canal Boom
What were the benefits of the Erie Canal?
Western farmers needed to get their goods directly to markets in the East.
A canal is a man made channel filled with water that allows boats to cross a stretch of land.
The Erie Canal
Governor Dewitt Clinton persuaded New York to build the canal. Work began in 1817 and was finished in 1825.
The Erie Canal connects the Hudson River to Lake Erie.
Benefits: New York became an important center for commerce.
Goods were able to move quickly
The cost of shipping dropped.
Population increased around the canal and other ports in New York.
To see how the locks system on the Erie Canal works click here.