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Throughout the Ages
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Questions: 1825

Image. Erie Canal. Detail of Canal Celebration Broadside.

Document 3. Canal Boat, Engraving.

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

  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.

Document 2 | Document 4