13 Facts About Canal


Canal can cut across a drainage divide atop a ridge, generally requiring an external water source above the highest elevation.

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Canal building was revived in this age because of commercial expansion from the 12th century.

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Canal commissioned the engineer James Brindley to build a canal for that purpose.

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Canal companies were initially chartered by individual states in the United States.

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The Erie Canal was chartered and owned by the state of New York and financed by bonds bought by private investors.

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The Hudson River connects Albany to the Atlantic port of New York City and the Erie Canal completed a navigable water route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes.

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The profits generated by the Erie Canal project started a canal building boom in the United States that lasted until about 1850 when railroads started becoming seriously competitive in price and convenience.

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The Erie Canal was instrumental in lowering the differences in commodity prices between these various markets across America.

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The first Welland Canal, which opened in 1829 between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, bypassing Niagara Falls and the Lachine Canal, which allowed ships to skirt the nearly impassable rapids on the St Lawrence River at Montreal, were built for commerce.

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The Rideau Canal, completed in 1832, connects Ottawa on the Ottawa River to Kingston, Ontario on Lake Ontario.

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The Rideau Canal was built as a result of the War of 1812 to provide military transportation between the British colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada as an alternative to part of the St Lawrence River, which was susceptible to blockade by the United States.

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Canal traffic doubled in the first decades of the 20th century.

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Seine–Nord Europe Canal is being developed into a major transportation waterway, linking France with Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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