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Questions: 1825

Erie Canal. Erie and Barge Canals Map.

Document 1. Erie and Barge Canals, Map.

This is a map of the Erie Canal in 1922. The map shows the original Erie Canal in red, and the 1918 Barge Canal expansion in a black and white checkerboard pattern.

If you look carefully, you can see that the Barge Canal expansion did not always follow the path of the earlier Canal.

The expansion needed to be much wider and deeper than the original Canal to accommodate larger ships and heavier traffic.

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  1. What does this map show?
  2. According to the map, the Erie Canal connected Lake ____ in the west (on the left) to the ____ River in the east (on the right).
  3. According to the map, what are the names of the communities at each end of the canal?

Intro | Document 2