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The Resource To the wide Missouri : traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion, Louis A. Garavaglia

To the wide Missouri : traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion, Louis A. Garavaglia

Label
To the wide Missouri : traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion
Title
To the wide Missouri
Title remainder
traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion
Statement of responsibility
Louis A. Garavaglia
Title variation
Traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This work is a history of early roadways, canals, stagecoach lines, and railroads. While the great overland migration routes to America's far west are well known and documented, less attention has been given to how Americans in the first decades of the republic traveled across the western frontiers of the original colonies. Following the revolution, Americans began to seek their fortunes to the west in greater numbers. Land grants to veterans inspired others to move, including tradesmen, merchants, and tavern owners. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the country doubled in size, and the rate of migration became extraordinary, with wider and more durable roads built, ferries installed at river crossings, canals cut to move goods, regular stage routes established, and ultimately the first railroad tracks laid down. Entire regions that supported few communities in the 1790s exploded in population, and as a result seven new states were admitted to the Union in the decade following the War of 1812. By 1839, the National Road extended more than 700 miles from Washington, D.C., to central Illinois, New York's Erie Canal operated from Albany to Buffalo, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad carried passengers west, ultimately to the Ohio River. This book covers the routes and methods that emigrants used to reach the west in the forty-year period following the Louisiana Purchase. Using contemporary maps and the graphic descriptions found in diaries, journals, letters, and newspaper accounts, the author details not only the land and water routes that led settlers to the western country, but also illustrates the hardship, perseverance, humor, and romance that colored their journey.--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
UKM
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1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Garavaglia, Louis A.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E179.5
LC item number
.G375 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • Transportation
  • Internal migrants
  • United States
Label
To the wide Missouri : traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion, Louis A. Garavaglia
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1803-1819 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines -- 1819-1832 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines ; canals ; railroads -- 1832-1843 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines ; canals ; railroads -- Canal and railroad partnerships -- Railroads west of the mountains
Control code
665138153
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781594161209
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)665138153
Label
To the wide Missouri : traveling in America during the first decades of westward expansion, Louis A. Garavaglia
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1803-1819 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines -- 1819-1832 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines ; canals ; railroads -- 1832-1843 : waterways ; roadways ; stagecoach lines ; canals ; railroads -- Canal and railroad partnerships -- Railroads west of the mountains
Control code
665138153
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781594161209
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)665138153

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