Transportation in the North
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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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