In 1825 Charles G. Haines just began to serve as
Governor George De Witt Clinton's secretary, here he
wrote about the mayors views on the Erie Canal project.
Haines was already a huge supporter of this product so he
took great joy in writing this paper about the whole project. He briefly describes that the plan is split up into three
sections: Lake Erie to the Senaca River, Senaca to Rome,
and from Rome finally connecting to the Hudson River
which eventually dumps into the Atlantic Ocean.
Haines began to go further on in his report telling how he
feels that this GRAND CANAL will catapult New York to
the status of "The London of America." The people who
were backing this project and these claims may have gotten
carried away with themselves when they started talking
about how they wanted to connect the Mississippi River
with New York. This idea sounded good on paper but as
we now know it never was put into effect, either for lack of money or the implementation of the highway system in
I actually liked this article a little bit, it did not bore me like the others and I was able to follow along with the reading
easily. I do not know if the Erie Canal was what originally
started New York off to its prominent status, but New
York sure is today very successful. As Haines had
envisioned it back then, today it has a good case for being
"The London of America."
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