Category: The Capital District

How the Erie Canal played a key role in shaping the Capital District

You would be hard pressed to find anyone who grew up in Upstate New York who doesn’t know the words to the “Erie Canal” children’s folk song. Although it doesn’t really say much about the actual waterway that connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, in truth, the Erie Canal played a vital role in American westward expansion and especially in the shaping of the Capital District, both culturally and civilly.

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