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Exploring the Great Lakes

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During settlement, the Great Lakes and its rivers were the only practical means of moving people and freight. Barges from middle North America were able to reach the Atlantic Ocean from the Great Lakes when the Erie Canal opened in 1825. By 1848, with the opening of the Illinois and Michigan Canal at Chicago, direct access to the Mississippi River was possible from the lakes, thereby establishing an all-inland water route between New York City and New Orleans. Students will learn about the role that the Great Lakes played in transorting cargo, immigrants, and even cruise ships. This title will help students analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text.

Series: The History of America

Interest Level: Grades 4-6 

Guided Reading Level: T

Lexile Level: 875

ISBN: 9781625131843 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2014

Pages: 48

Includes Teacher's Notes


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