Market Revolution Dbq

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After the war of 1812, a revolution took over transportation, leading to the Market Revolution. People in power realized that it was necessary to improve the country’s transportation network in order to keep up with the growing economy. The invention of the steamboat brought economic development to the trans-Appalachian west. The Erie Canal, which was the longest man-made waterway, linked the region around the Great Lakes to the Atlantic coast, through the Hudson River. Additionally, railroads were built to improve the speed of commerce. Abraham Lincoln embraced the revolution and personally represented the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1806, the Congress authorized the building of toll roads called turnpikes. However, they were far too expensive,
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