Americana and the Erie Canal

Why does Srinivasan believe that it was esential for the new nation to remedy the inaccessibility between the east and west?

Map of eastern United States

  1. Because the nation was somewhat commercially linked between the north and south, but not the east and west.
  2. Because the nation could not grow westward unless there were east and west transportation links - links that were inaccessible in the early 19th century due to the Appalachian mountains.
  3. Because the growing nation would suffer from political "disconnectiveness" - physical isolation would prevent it from becoming a nation and instead, continue to encourage the growth of a "republic of near-sovereign states." (p. 70)