The Stream That Changed Our HIstory
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In fact, it seemed that every early attempt to cross the Appalachian mountain chain was bound to fail for one simple reason: The locks needed to lift boats required a large and reliable supply of water from the top of the Appalachian ridge. When the great Washington himself failed, that seemed proof that it couldn't be done!
America needed trade routes that could handle heavy cargoes over the steep Appalachian mountain chain. Our country had TITLE to the western lands - including the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase - but could large numbers of Americans actually POSSESS that land? Would we become ONE nation: Or TWO?