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The Erie Canal was significant because it

A

was the first federally funded internal improvement from Henry Clay's American System.

B

provided an alternative to railroads as a travel system in the early 1800s.

C

joined the farming of the West to the manufacturing urban areas of the Northeast, especially New York.

D

increased the focus on subsistence farming in both the Northeast and the West.

E

made for cheaper and quicker transportation of Southern cotton to Northeastern mills.

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