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The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

helps students realize the role canals played in western expansion and in the evolution of transportation by focusing on the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Students can read about George Washington's influence on the C & O Canal and the men and women who worked on or lived near canal. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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The canal was built mainly with hand tools and horse power. Construction did not simply begin at one end and progress steadily to the other end, leaving a finished canal in its wake. (David Demero, C

Building the canal

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