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Slide 2 of 44
It is no secret that New York State has within its geography some very significant confluences of early transport corridors.
Not only is the state crossed by an eighteenth century international waterway connecting the Hudson River with the Great Lakes at Oswego, but it also has within its borders a region of what might be called "portage" between the Mohawk and Susquehanna watersheds, the majority of the latter falling outside the southern limits of the state.
Two-hundred years ago, waterways served as the primary corridors of transportation, both military and civilian. The land routes that did exist were poor at best, and miserable the rest of the time.
But land routes, and land routes of vital importance, did exist in the mid-18th century, and this presentation will take a very close look at some of these in the eastern part of what would become New York State.