How Did The Erie Canal Affect New York City

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The Erie Canal turned New York City into a very significant epicenter for business, manufacturing, and investments. It also unlocked the western parts of America for settling and moved the Midwest 's agrarian and manufacturing products to domestic and international markets. The Erie Canal directly transformed trade and shipping by shortening a two-week wagon trip from Albany to Buffalo into a five day trip. It also became a channel for new philosophies such as abolitionism, women 's rights, utopianism, and religious movements. It generated the establishment of other canal systems across the eastern United States, and Canada as well. The impact of other canals created more ports of commerce to increase the economic structure of our country.
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