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Mississippi River Boats
Transcript of Mississippi River Boats
It affected the Civil War.
Influenced the Louisiana Purchase.
Revolutionized traveling and made all the difference.
Mississippi River and Steamboats
A steamboat is a boat in which the primary method of marine propulsion is steam power, typically driving propellers or paddle wheels. The steamboat, at the time, was the fastest means of transportation in the Mississippi River and its speed revolutionized commercial trade and transportation. The first steamboats traveled at the rates of eight miles per hour downstream and three miles per hour upstream. By the 1850s, steamboats had improved so much that a trip from New Orleans, Louisiana to Louisville, Kentucky which originally took 25 days to travel could be achieved in a little over 1 day.
Western settlers and traders traversed the Mississippi in
on which farmers floated their produce downstream to market . . . and
which could be pushed upstream with great effort. Certainly the most significant change in river transportation on the Mississippi came in 1811 when the
made its appearance.
The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 made the Mississippi River an American River.
The Mississippi then rapidly became one of Americas most important trade routes, used as a
by farmers for goods and produce.
The Rivers importance was a large aspect of the civil war.
Background and History
One of the major rivers of North America, the Mississippi River has been a focal point in American history, commerce, agriculture, literature, and environmental awareness.
From its source in Lake Itasca to its mouth in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River flows 2,348 miles
2nd longest river in the United States
Mississippi River 1800s