The One Minute Geographer: The Amazing Importance of the Erie Canal, Part 5

The 94-foot Upper Falls on the Genesee River in Rochester that had to be by-passed by the Genesee Canal. Within a mile or so were the 20-foot Middle Falls and the 78-foot Lower Falls. The Genesee connects to the Erie Canal a few miles south from these falls. Photo from theurbanphoenix.com

We’re continuing our discussion of important aspects of the Erie Canal — how it helped shape US geography and history.

8. The Erie Canal institutionalized the model for low-paid immigrant labor. In those days we’re talking picks, shovels, sledgehammers, wheelbarrows, horses and mules. (Things like a mechanical stump puller were…

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Jim Fonseca

Jim Fonseca

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