Throughout history, there has been a need for better mode of transportation in order to keep up with economical growth. Canals have been around since the Ancient Roman Civilizations and still exist today. Canals have been so important because they allow people to travel from one place to another and back by way of water. They require very little energy and maintenance but help trade flow more efficiently. This can be proved by observing the United States economy in the early 19th century.
The canal Era was a major influence in American History. Canal building was spurred by the transportation revolution, which was from about 1815 to 1860. The transportation revolution greatly affected the economy. It enabled us to expand West since agriculture would become profitable, and it increased trade in the New England states too since shipping was faster and a lot cheaper. One of the most important canals of the time was Erie Canal. It was the first financially successful canal in America and set an example for the many more canals that would be built.
The Erie Canal was supported by De Witt Clinton, who became the canal's commissioner due to his promotion. The canal was planned to connect Lake Erie with the Hudson River. The completion of this canal would be an engineering feat since it was 363 miles long and had to overcome almost 600 feet of change in elevation. After a bill was passed by the New York Congress in 1817, construction ha...
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- Controversial Canal After the removal of the former King of Egypt for his corruption, Nasser emerged as the new President of Egypt in 1954 (House, n.d.). President Nasser was a very influential charismatic, energetic, leader taking a nationalistic point of view. Nasser goals were to establish Egypt as a sovereign nation free from the British colonial authority that remained in the country. To accomplish his vision of becoming an independent state, Nasser planned to build a dam called the Aswan High Dam.... [tags: Egypt, Nile, Suez Canal, Gamal Abdel Nasser]
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