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Interpreting the Evidence

Map of the Town of Germanflatts for Erie Canal Board, 1829

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Eras:

    Expansion and Reform (1801 - 1861)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Erie Canal

  • Primary Source Types:


  • Regions:

    Central New York
    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Suggested Teaching Instructions

Document Description
Map of the Town of Germanflatts showing proposed feeder canal, 1829. This map accompanies the letter from the citizens of the town of Germanflatts, 1829.
his map was drawn by a citizen of the Town of Germanflatts.

Ice was causing a feeder canal to flood the main road in their community. The citizens wanted the State of New York to change the location of the feeder canal to help control the freezing and flooding. The map shows their plan.

feeder - a short canal that brings water from reservoirs, lakes, and streams to a larger canal. Without feeder canals, some sections of the Erie Canal would be dry.