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Interpreting the Evidence

Valuable Water Power for Sale at Waterford, NY, 1829

  • Documents in this Activity:
  • Historical Era:

    Expansion and Reform (1801 - 1861)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Middle School
    High School
    College University

  • Topics:

    Environment
    Erie Canal
    Industry
    Transportation

  • Primary Source Types:

    Written Document

  • Regions:

    Capital District
    New York State

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Document Description
Broadside announcing Valuable Water Power for Sale at Waterford, NY, April 2, 1829.
The Erie Canal opened new land for farming and gave farmers a better, faster way to get crops to market.
The Canal also helped create new business opportunities. Early factories were powered by water, and the construction of the Canal created new sources of water power.
The Canal also helped business people transport goods made in their factories to New York City and the Midwest.
New Yorkers were eager to take advantage of these new opportunities to start businesses and make money.