Transportation in the North

Transportation in the North

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  • Well, let me start from the beginning. 
  • What is transportation like in the North?
  • Factory owners needed fast, inexpensive ways to deliver their goods to distant customers.
  • Then, South Carolina congressman John C. Calhoun had a solution.
  • "Let us bind the republic together, with a perfect system of roads and canals."
  • But James Monroe vetoed a bill that would have given states money to build more roads. He argued that spending federal money for internal improvements was unconstitutional.
  • In 1806, Congress funded the construction of a National Road across the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Even with roads, river travel was still faster and cheaper. But moving up stream was hard work. So people made boats powered by steam engines. 
  • The future of transportation, isn't on water but on rails. Steam powered trains traveled faster than steamboats, and can go anywhere the tracks are laid.
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