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Detail of Erie Canal Celebration Broadside, Geneva, NY, 1825

Erie Canal Celebration Broadside

Erie Canal Celebration Broadside

New York State Library, NYSL_erie_canal_celebration_broadside
 
Document Description
A detail of an Erie Canal Celebration Broadside showing a horse pulling a canal boat. The broadside (poster) tells the citizens of Geneva, New York about plans for celebrating the opening of the Erie Canal, 1825.
 
Questions
1. Identify one source of power used to move this canal boat.
2. How many people are working with and riding in this boat?
3. Compare Document 2 and Document 3. Give two reasons why the boat in Document 3 might be easier to travel in than the boats in Document 2.
 

 

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Historical Context
Document 3. Canal Boat, Engraving.

This is an engraving of a boat used for traveling and transporting goods after the Erie Canal was built.