In what ways did changes in transportation and communication alter the economic landscape during the first half of the nineteenth century?

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As forms of transportation and communication changed between 1800–1850, the economic landscape was altered. During this time period, there were several changes in transportation. The national road was built beginning in Cumberland, Maryland and extended to the Ohio River. The Erie Canal connected New York City with the Great Lakes. Railroads began to be built. The development of the steam engine impacted travel by water. All of these developments in transportation made it easier and quicker to move people and products. This allowed businesses to prosper and grow. As Americans began to move westward, businesses followed. More products were made, which helped our economy grow.

Improvements in communication also impacted our economy. The invention of the telegraph allowed for improved communication. Messages could be sent quicker than before. This allowed businesses to receive orders faster and to ship products sooner. The improvements in communication also helped businesses communicate with each other. This helped businesses become more efficient. These factors also helped the economy grow.

Improvements in transportation and communication impacted our economy significantly.