Historic Highways of America: Volume 9: Waterways of Westward Expansion

Historic Highways of America: Volume 9: Waterways of Westward Expansion – Archer Butler Hulbert.

A series of monographs on the History of America as portrayed in the evolution of its Highways of War, Commerce, and Social Expansion. Comprising the following volumes:

Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and Great Game Animals.
Indian Thoroughfares.
Washington’s Road: The First Chapter of the Old French War.
Braddock’s Road.
The Old Glade (Forbes’s) Road.
Boone’s Wilderness Road.
Portage Paths: The Keys of the Continent.
Military Roads of the Mississippi Basin.
Waterways of Westward Expansion.
The Cumberland Road.
Pioneer Roads of America (two volumes).
The Great American Canals (two volumes).
The Future of Road-Making in America.

In the study of Waterways of Westward Expansion, the Ohio River — the ” Gateway of the West ” — occupies such a commanding position that it must be considered most important and most typical. Such is its situation in our geography and history that it is entitled to a most prominent place among Historic Highways of America which greatly influenced the early westward extension of the borders and the people of the United States. Not until a late period in the expansion era — the day of steam navigation — did the Great Lakes rise to importance as highways of immigration, and south of the Ohio River Basin there was no westward waterway of importance. The day of the keel-boat and barge was of moment in the broadening of the American sphere of influence on this continent, and nowhere is the study of these ancient craft made to so good advantage as on the Ohio and its tributaries.

Historic Highways of America: Volume 9: Waterways of Westward Expansion

Historic Highways of America: Volume 9: Waterways of Westward Expansion

Format: Paperback.

Historic Highways of America: Volume 9: Waterways of Westward Expansion .

ISBN: 9783849674922.

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Historic highways in the United States (from Wikipedia):

The history of America in the later part of the pioneer period, between 1810 and 1840, centers about the roads and canals which were to that day what our trunk railway lines are to us today. The ” life of the road ” was the life of the nation, and a study of the traffic on those first highways of land and water, and of the customs and experiences of the early travelers over them brings back with freshening interest the story of our own ” Middle Age.” Horace Bushnell well said: ” If you wish to know whether society is stagnant, learning scholastic, religion a dead formality, you may learn something by going into universities and libraries; something also by the work that is doing on cathedrals and churches, or in them; but quite as much by looking at the roads. For if there is any motion in society, the Road, which is the symbol of motion, will indicate the fact. When there is activity, or enlargement, or a liberalizing spirit of any kind, then there is intercourse and travel, and these require roads. So if there is any kind of advancement going on, if new ideas are abroad and new hopes rising, then you will see it by the roads that are building. Nothing makes an inroad without making a road. All creative action, whether in government, industry, thought, or religion, creates roads.” The days when our first roads and our great canals were building, were days when ” new ideas were abroad and new hopes rising.” The four volumes of our series treating of pioneer roads and the great canals will be a record of those ideas and hopes and the mighty part they played in the social development of America.


(The text of the last section was taken from a Wikipedia entry and is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.)


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