The Erie Canal
Joining the Hudson River and Lake Erie
This fascinating book, based on current research, scrutinizes the Erie Canal and the pivotal role it played in shaping the economic, geographic, and political growth of New York State.
• Explores the planning, building, and success of this historic canal. Demonstrates how existing towns expanded and new towns grew along the canal.
• The text provides students with a hands-on look at how the canal was built, the impact it had on commerce, how people use it today, and its far-reaching influence on the development of New York State.
• Primary sources, photographs, and maps help readers grasp the significance of the canal and the how it helped shaped New York State and the country.