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A DBQ uses documents given to the student (graphs, charts, maps, etc) and asks them to INTERPRET the information and make conclusions that are supported by details within the documents.  Take a look below at some good DBQ responses:


 

      When the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, it brought numerous changes to New Yorkers.  New York became the Empire State because of the Erie Canal.

      One way communities in New York State benefited from the building of the Erie Canal was they could ship goods more easily.  Shipping goods on the Erie Canal was quicker and cheaper than any other form of transportation.  Document 1 states three products shipped between Albany and Buffalo on the Erie Canal were coal, lumber, and hay.

     Another way communities in New York State benefited from the building of the Erie Canal was the population of three cities, Albany, New York City, and Buffalo grew.  These cities grew because of the Erie Canal.  The Erie Canal also increased in the population because passengers got off the canal boats and bought inventory for their homes or they were moving into these cities along the Erie Canal.  These populations changed dramatically over a time period of 60 years.  Document 3 states that Albany and the other cities grew over a time period of 1820-1840.  The city of Albany grew from a rate of 12,630 people to 33,721.  New York City went from a rate of 123,706 people to 312,710.  Buffalo went from a rate of 2,095 people to 18,213!  Then from a time period of 1840-1870, all cities grew again.  Albany’s growth from 1840-1870 went from 33,721 people to 76,216!  New York City went from a rate of 312,710 people to 942,292.  Buffalo went from a rate of 18,213 people to 111,714!

     The third and final way communities in New York State benefited from the building of the Erie Canal was the already booming business, seaports grew.  These seaports include seaports from Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Baltimore, along with the seaport in New York City.  The Erie Canal made the New York City harbor increase because the passengers got off the canal boats and went to New York City, then bought goods that they needed.  Document 6 states that the New York City harbor went from the nation’s fifth largest harbor to the largest harbor in the nation.  Document 6 also sates that the New York City harbor was bigger than the Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Buffalo City harbors put together!  Amazing! 

     The Erie Canal was an important part of New York State’s history.  If it weren’t for the Erie Canal life would be different.  Life would be different because we wouldn’t have all the people in the state that we have today.  Back when the Erie Canal was used for shipping goods, it was very busy, but now that we have tract-trailers, and easier transportation, we only use the Erie Canal for recreation.

 

 

     The completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 brought numerous changes for New Yorkers.  The canal helped New York become the Empire State.

     One way communities in New York State benefited from the building of the Erie Canal was they could ship goods more easily.  Shipping goods on the Erie Canal was quicker and cheaper than any other from of transportation.  Document 1 states three goods shipped between Albany and Buffalo on the Erie Canal were hay, coal and lumber.

    Another way New York State benefited from the building of the Erie Canal was they could move west of the Hudson River.  Before the Erie Canal most people lived in New York City.  Document 2 states after the canal opened most people went west of the Hudson River and increased the population 75%.

     A third way communities in New York benefited from the building of the Erie Canal is businesses sold more goods and land.  The Erie Canal helped New York State’s businesses increase the amount of goods sold.  Document 5 states communities bought goods and walked around looking a land or buying land.

     Shipping more goods, increasing the population west of the Hudson River, and selling more goods are all ways New Yorkers benefited from the building of the Erie Canal. We have come a long way from the Erie Canal, but back then it was the best transportation.





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