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Defending the United States... The Erie Canal...

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June 23, 1821

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, June 23, 1821 

* Construction of the Erie Canal
* Great Lakes - Atlantic waterway

Inside has a letter signed by: J. C. Calhoun: "Report on Fortifications" which is followed by a 6 page report "To the Hon. Secretary of the War Department" on the fortifications in the United States, concerning the defense of the country.
The back page has an update on the historic Erie Canal noting: "The great canal in New York is advancing rapidly. There is every reason to believe that this mighty work, the most splendid, as to its future effects that ever was accomplished in any country, will be completed within the expected period. This will force a communication with the waters of the Mississippi, and the time is close at hand when an inland voyage from New York to New Orleans, about 3200 miles, may be performed in a steamboat!"
Sixteen pages, 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, very nice condition.

As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War