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Building the First Communications System

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Transportation Routes in New...
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Transportation Routes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, 1839

Technological advances in the 19th century helped build a transportation network vital to the nation’s growth and unity. Canals traversed unnavigable portions of rivers and coastal waterways. Steam engines powered boats and trains.

Map of New Jersey and Pennsylvania Exhibiting the Post Offices, Post Roads, Canals, Rail Roads, & C., by David H. Burr, 1839

Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress