What river forms the natural border between Maryland and Virginia?

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Why was access to waterways an important factor in the development of colonial cities and towns?

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  • Mitch
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    1 decade ago
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    What river forms the natural border between Md. and Va.?

    Answer: The Potomac River.

    Why was access to waterways an important factor in the development of colonial cities and towns?

    Answer: Waterways were the "highways" of colonial times.

    Remember that in the 1700s, Colonial America was mostly

    woods with few roads, which usually followed old Indian trails.

    Travel by boat was the quickest and most economical

    way to move goods to and from markets.

    Take a close look at the major cities (trading centers) of Virginia and you'll notice they all have something in common.

    ... the Fall Line.

    The Fall line is where the large seafaring ships could no longer travel inland because the ships could not navigate

    those shallow and fast waters. This gave us cities such

    as Richmond, Fredericksburg, Washington/Alexandria.

    George Washington saw the fall line as an impediment to

    the growth of our nation, and around 1785, he formed a company to build a canal which went around the Great Falls,

    and enabled smaller boats access to the upper Potomac.

    (By the way, the front door to Mount Vernon faces the Potomac River, as many riverfront houses did in that time).

    http://www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/grfa/canal/pato.ht...

    By the 1850's, railways became the mode of choice

    for traveling or moving goods to market.

    Yeah... it's probably more than you need to know,

    but I have a fascination with history.

    Good luck in your studies,

    ~ Mitch ~

  • 1 decade ago

    the potomic river... Washington crossed it

  • 5 years ago

    joke its your friends face peace have fun serching

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