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A canal is an improved or man-made waterway used to transport goods. Canal transportation technology was utilized in the United State mostly before railroad technology. By 1830 there were 1,200 miles of canals compared to 23 miles of railroad track (13 located in Maryland between Baltimore and Ellicott City).

  1. What do you see in this picture?
  2. What do you think the horse is being used for?
  3. Why would the canal and the railroad be rivals?

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