The One Minute Geographer: The Amazing Importance of the Erie Canal

Jim Fonseca
4 min readJul 15, 2022
Map of the Erie Canal from

This post is a continuation of the latest series about LINES in US geography. So think of the route of the Erie Canal as a line! I’m focusing this series of posts on the importance of the Erie Canal in US history, geography and even politics. I don’t want to focus on details about its length and depth and all that. You can see all that on Wiki. But we’ll begin with a few…

Jim Fonseca

Geography professor (retired) writes The One Minute Geographer featuring This Fragile Earth. Top writer in Transportation and, in past months, Travel.