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Broadside Advertising New York Canal Lands For Sale, 1823

Broadside of New York Canal Lands For Sale

Broadside of New York Canal Lands For Sale

New York State Library, NYSL_new_york_canal_lands_on_sale
 
Document Description
This broadside (poster) was printed to advertise land for sale in north-central New York. Business people, called land speculators (Hez. B. Pierpont), bought large amounts of land and then tried to sell it to new settlers for a profit, October 1823.
 
Questions
1. What is a broadside?
2. What is the broadside advertising?
3.The person who is selling the land advertised in this Broadside is using the Erie Canal as a way to attract prospective buyers.
4. Why might people want to buy land near the Erie Canal?
5. Based on the information in this broadside, is the person who is advertising land for sale happy about having the Erie Canal near his or her property? Why?
 

 

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Historical Context
Document 5. New York Canal Lands On Sale, Broadside.

This broadside (poster) was printed to advertise land for sale in north-central New York. Business people, called land speculators, bought large amounts of land and then tried to sell it to new settlers for a profit. Sometimes they were honest, and sometimes they were dishonest.

For example, sometimes they would say that land was near the Canal even when it wasn't! Owning land near the Canal could mean easy transportation for farm goods to town and city markets, resulting in more money for farmers.