The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Erie Canal and Michigan Territory
Wayne Sentinel (Palmyra, NY), 28 Jun 1825

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Erie Canal and Michigan Territory. - The editor of the Michigan Sentinel, having traveled the whole length of the Grand Canal, excepting that part between Albany and Schenectady, and noted down his observations, gives his readers something like two columns of sketches and hints respecting its immense advantages, &c. Among other things he says: -

"We hazard nothing in asserting, that it is the Canal alone, that Michigan owes her present rapid increase of population, and gradual advancement in wealth. It is a fact generally acknowledged, that the early settlers of this Territory were of a class and description almost entirely devoid of enterprise. They, like too many of their offspring, were content with seating themselves upon the fertile banks of the rivers, watching in sullen silence the fish as they glided in the waters, and cultivating their lands barely sufficient to supply their immediate wants. With such a population, could it be expected that the interior of the country would be explored or settled? And it was not till the Grand Canal afforded facilities for the emigrant, that the tide began to flow in this direction."

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28 Jun 1825
Richard Palmer Collection
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.10979 Longitude: -76.43105
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Erie Canal and Michigan Territory