US Migration Rivers and Lakes

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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 on most of these rivers after 1811 had a significant impact on American transportion until railroads and automobiles became a safer, faster alternative.[1]

Eastern U.S. Rivers

  • St. Lawrence River
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  • Mississippi River
  • Ohio River
  • Connecticut River
  • Hudson 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

Significant Lakes

  • Lake Champlain
  • Lake Ontario
  • Lake Erie
  • Lake Huron
  • Lake Michigan
  • Lake Superior

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
  • Columbia River
  • Arkansas River
  • Red River
  • Sabine River
  • Colorado River (Texas)
  • Rio Grande
  • Colorado River
  • Gila River
  • Green River
  • Sacramento River
  • San Joaquin River
  • Yukon River in Alaska

External Links


  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Steamboat" in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia at (accessed August 4, 2010).