Department of History
|View of Erie Canal by John William Hill, 1829. Watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches. - click on picture for a larger version (440 kb).|
"Who comes there?"
"Your brothers from the West, on the waters of the Great Lakes."
"By what means have they been diverted so far from their natural course?"
"Through the channel of the Erie Canal."
"By whose authority and by whom was a work of such magnitude accomplished?"
"By the authority and the enterprise of the people of the State of New York."
In the meantime, browse through the New York State Archives' Canal Records.