Patricia Drake

New York's Erie Canal

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The Erie Canal played a pivotal role in the economic, geographic, and political growth of New York State. This interactive eBook combines videos, activities, interactive timelines, primary sources, and teaching tools to provide students with a hands-on look at how the canal was built, the impact it had on commerce, and how people use it today.

New York's Erie Canal

New York's Economic Growth

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With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, New York State truly came into its own as a center for industry and economy. Businessmen like Jay Gould of the railroad industry and oil tycoon JD Rockefeller helped make New York prosperous, while many local inventors, engineers, and architects helped create new and valuable ideas. From the beauty and strength of the Brooklyn Bridge to the innovations of Corning Glass Works, New York's past and present are ripe with fascinating tales of economic growth and innovation.

New York's Economic Growth