Mississippi River

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United States  >  Migration  >  Mississippi River

In the East, some American settlers moved to their new home on rafts, riverboats, or by boat on the Great Lakes. The rapid spread of shallow-draft steamboats after 1811 on most of the rivers on the map below had a significant impact on American transportion until railroads or automobiles became a safer, faster alternative in the local area.[1]

Eastern U.S. Rivers

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  • Mississippi River
  • Ohio River
  • Connecticut River
  • Mohawk River
  • Delaware River
  • Susquehanna River
  • Potomac River
  • Tennessee River
  • Savannah River
  • Chattachoochee-Apalachicola
  • Coosa-Alabama-Mobile Rivers
  • Maumee River
  • Wabash River
  • Illinois River
  • Red River of the North

Western U.S. Rivers

Farther west (of the Mississippi River) migrants had to follow trails near rivers in order to water their livestock. For example, the Oregon trail followed the Missouri, North Platte, Sweetwater, Snake and Columbia rivers.

  • Missouri River
  • North Platte River
  • Sweetwater River
  • Snake River
  • Arkansas River
  • Red River
  • Sabine River
  • Colorado River (Texas)
  • Colorado River
  • Gila River
  • Green River
  • San Joaquin River

External Links


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Steamboat" in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboat (accessed August 4, 2010).