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Map 1: The United States in 1820


The port cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore were engaged in fierce competition during the early-19th century for merchant trade and business. Raw materials from the western states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky needed to be transported east, while manufactured goods from eastern factories or even Europe needed to be transported west.
Questions for Map 1
1.      Identify the locations of Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Baltimore, Maryland.
2.      What geographical characteristics do these cities have in common?
3.      Identify the geographical elements that could serve as advantages or disadvantages to a transportation network whose goal was to head to the resource-rich areas of the west.

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