Ohio’s Canals Between 1825 and 1847 approximately 1,000 miles of canals were constructed in the state of Ohio, plus additional canals in other states that connected with this network. Until it was replaced by the railroads during the late 1840s in 1850s, this system of inland waterways helped open new markets within the state and allowed farmers to sell cash crops to new markets far from their fertile lands. The canals helped to attract immigrants, new industries and greatly influenced the settlement of the state (Stevens 2011). On January 8, 1819, Governor Ethan Allen Brown responded to a resolution of the Ohio Legislature that a committee, “be instructed to inquire into the expediency of authorizing the Governor to procure one or more...The end:
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