- Title: WATERWAYS, INLAND: An entry from Charles Scribner's Sons' Dictionary of American History
- Author: Ralph D. Gray, Cynthia R. Poe
- Released: 0000-00-00
- Pages: 0
- ASIN: B001QTYV4K
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In the colonial period, water transportation was vital. The first settlements were along waterways, and countless vessels sailed the coastal and tidewater streams, serving the trade, travel, and communication needs of the colonies. The waterways also provided the initial travel routes that pioneers used to move west. Virginians and Marylanders traveled along the James and Potomac Rivers; Pennsylvanians advanced via the Susquehanna River and its tributaries; and New Englanders and New Yorkers followed the Connecticut and the Hudson–Mohawk river valleys into the interior. After the Revolution, with the Appalachian Mountain barrier already breached by roads, the westward movement resumed....