New York State Library, NYSL_new_york_canal_lands_on_sale
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.
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?