The Redway School History; Outlining the Making of the American Nation

The Redway School History; Outlining the Making of the American Nation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...four fifths of this immense territory there was scarcely a white man. But when these fertile lands were thrown open to settlement and sold at one dollar per acre, a tide of emigration from the East swept westward to occupy them. An added attraction lay in the prospect of producing food-stuffs which were sure to bring good prices if they could be gotten to the Eastern markets. One good crop would sometimes pay for the land. As a result, three great streams of emigration started about 1815. From New England and New York, the old Indian trails along the Mohawk and thence westward were followed. From Buffalo, the emigrants diverged 2?utfrf through northern Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. The emigrants from the Middle states usually followed the Susquehanna River and thence across the Alleghany Range Emigrants On The Road. to Pittsburg. From that point down the Ohio Kiver and up its various branches, the way was comparatively easy. A third route lay from the Southern states westward into Kentucky and Tennessee. It is estimated that in fifteen years not far from one million people traversed one or another of these routes. The northern route, in time, became one of the world's great traffic ways--that of the New York Central Railroad. The middle route also became a commercial highway of tremendous importance, and is practically the line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The routes from the Southern states were not so well-defined, but one of them became the line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. The selection of these routes, even at that time, by the emigrants traveling in wagons, demonstrated that commerce must move along lines having the fewest obstacles--practically over the grades most easily surmounted. Democracy in America.--A...
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  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 277g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236779312
  • 9781236779311