Industrial Revolution: Canals

Canals were invented in the late 1700's and the 1800's. This was made to help transport goods to the West, just like the Eerie canal that got to be 524 miles long with 39 smaller canals that break off of it. The canals were alot more efficient than the roads were. The canals were made by digging long ways from the ocean. Clay would be laid on the inside of these canals to form a waterproof coating. This prevented the water from seeping into the ground. One of the positives of this invention was that it made transporting goods much easier and could be transported to more remote areas. One of the negatives was that some ships wouldn't fit in some of the canals due to poor contruction and lack of communication. The canals were widened later to let the boats that were carrying coal or iron, which were quite heavy, to the rest of the country. Canals aren't used as much now as they were then, now most people use roads and goods are usually transported by trains. The canals had impacted our technology by sending and importing goods from the West, and this then improved our way of living in the West and the East, where the imported goods from the West were taken and sold. The different geography of the United States made it easier to grow different crops in different areas, such as cotton, and take it where it could be sold for a great deal of money where it wouldn't be so much in the area that grows it.

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