U.S.A's Economic Growth

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The Erie Canal and the transcontinental railroad both led to economic growth in the United States of America in the 10th century. The Erie Canal connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. The Transcontinental railroad was a giant railroad that connected the east and west coast. These great accomplishments had some major roles.

The Erie Canal was a terrific addition to the U.S.A. By 1825 it advanced New York's ports and harbors. The Erie also populated the Hudson River. The New York City harbor before the establishment of the Erie was ranked the fifth largest seaport. Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans were larger then New York's harbor before the upgrade.

Shipping though the Erie Canal had a lot of benefits compared to a dirt road. Using the canal took 8 days to ship Freight (From N.Y.C to Buffalo) compared to the older method witch took 21 days.

The Erie was also more coast efficient it coast $10 per ton to a dirt road witch coast $100 per ton saving you $90. (Doc 1, 2, 3)

Some citizens and people inspired the idea of an Erie Canal. They made plans for a waterway that would link the Great Lakes with the eastern seaboard, developed about 1783, but the waterway received little popular support. A group of prominent New York citizens, led by De Witt Clinton, made repeated efforts between 1810 and 1816 to obtain federal financing for a canal linking the Hudson River and Lake Erie.

The T.C.R.R connected the United States. It was made by the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific. The Union Pacific laid about twice as much track compared to the Central Pacific. The Central Pacific had to go through rough terrain and hired Chinese workers who got paid about $28 a month witch...