View of the Erie Canal by John William Hill, 1829
View of the Erie Canal by John William Hill, 1829.
Watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches.

October 27, 1825, the Seneca Chief approaches the stone aqueduct in Rochester:

"Who comes there?"
"Your brothers from the West, on the waters of the Great Lakes."
"By what means have they been diverted so far from their natural course?"
"Through the channel of the Erie Canal."
"By whose authority and by whom was a work of such magnitude accomplished?"
"By the authority and the enterprise of the people of the State of New York."

The Erie Canal had an enormous impact on New York and America in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its construction and history was recorded in books, pamphlets and magazine articles. This section of The Erie Canal web site contains a number of historical texts relating to the Erie Canal, some as scans of the original documents and some as transcribed texts. Much of the transcribed material was prepared by University of Rochester students under the guidance of Morris Pierce, and was formerly available through the University's History Department web site.

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