The Impact Of The Steamboat And The Erie Canal

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Beginning in the early to mid 1800’s the United States started to experience a flow of immigrants settling in the urban United States, and the rapid immigration went on to continue for the next few decades. The circulation of people and the Market Revolution had an enormous impact on the United States in various ways. These events during the nineteenth century brought many benefits to the American economy such as increased production of goods, the creation of new technologies, and higher employment rates. As a result, the United States economy experienced large growth during the urbanization of America, as well as during the Market Revolution.

For several consecutive decades in the nineteenth century, the large flow of immigrants that settled
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The steamboat was invented by Robert Fulton, and steamboats allowed goods to be transported efficiently across bodies of water. Steamboats were very popular on various canals across the country, and they carried heavy cargo. Steamboats could carry heavy cargo, while not taking up a great amount of space since the steamboats were very strong and well built. Various canals were built in the nineteenth century in the United States that travelled long distances. The Erie Canal, going from Albany to Buffalo, was a significant canal for the United States. The canal was much cheaper and easier to build than railroads, and there was not as much regular maintenance needed. Additionally, canals were versatile and could run along many different types of terrain. In 1850, $200 million worth of goods travelled on the Erie Canal, and as a result the US received great profits annually from the Erie Canal, as well as other canals (Shmoop Editorial). The invention of the steamboat and the construction of the Erie Canal immensely helped transportation, trade, and the economy in the United

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